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Building On Excellence in Manufacturing

McGuinty Government Helps Industry To Cut Waste, Stay Competitive

Ontario is supporting training programs that will help manufacturers across the province become more efficient and better compete - at home and abroad.

The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is expanding its highly successful Lean Manufacturing Training Program, adding a minimum of 50 training sessions to benefit an additional 850 participants across Ontario. The province will contribute $300,000 to the training program on top of its $500,000 June 2008 investment. Started in 2007, the program helps manufacturers become more efficient and competitive by teaching workers lean manufacturing methods. Participating companies benefit from less waste, better workflow, and smoother equipment changeovers.

Ontario is investing in this project again under the Communities in Transition (CiT) initiative.

Quick Facts

  • EMC is Canada's largest manufacturing consortium and the first organization in Canada to develop, launch and certify employees in an advanced lean program for industry.
  • Over 1,400 manufacturing leaders and more than 2,600 employees across Ontario have already benefited from lean training. All Ontario manufacturers are eligible to receive 50 per cent off the cost of lean training, at special hands-on EMC-hosted training sessions.

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“Ontario's manufacturing sector is undergoing a radical transformation, which is crucial to the productivity and competitiveness of our companies. Our support of organizations like the EMC confirms our commitment to make Ontario more competitive so that businesses can grow and create jobs.”

Sandra Pupatello

Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“Supporting our manufacturing sector is vital during these tough times. I'm pleased that our government is helping do exactly that with today's announcement.”

Pat Hoy

MPP, Chatham-Kent-Essex

“We value our partnership with the Ontario government. Funds like the Communities in Transition program allow groups like us to take a more proactive role in the industry we represent, helping our members better compete in the global marketplace and build for the future.”

Al Diggins

President and General Manager, EMC Canada

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