Ottawa Manufacturers' Network Promotes Innovation
McGuinty Government Improves Industry Association's Outreach
Ontario is helping eastern Ontario manufacturers enhance their productivity, profitability and expansion into new markets.
The province is supporting the Ottawa Manufacturers' Network (OMN) by providing $245,000 through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund to help the not-for-profit organization provide more accessible, industry-specific networking and resource-sharing opportunities to its members.
Specifically, the Network will improve its web presence and foster innovation among its members to increase the manufacturing sector's competitive edge and promote future investment and business retention. These additional resources and services will help expand membership, particularly with rural members, over the next three years.
Partnering with local business organizations is a key component of Open Ontario's five-year plan to grow the provincial economy.
- Established in 1991, the Ottawa Manufacturers' Network is a not-for-profit association comprised of public and public sector Ottawa-area manufacturing professionals.
- In 2008, eastern Ontario's gross domestic product was approximately $66 billion, representing 12 per cent of the provincial total.
- As a result of business tax cuts and the move to a harmonized sales tax, the tax on business investment in Ontario is being cut in half, making Ontario businesses more competitive.
“Supporting regional manufacturing organizations' ongoing efforts to respond effectively to the challenges their sector faces remains a government priority. By improving the OMN's networking and shared resource capabilities, we're enhancing the organization's ability to attract new investment, promote innovative technologies and retain high-value manufacturing jobs.”
“Thanks to the Ontario government, our organization will receive the necessary funds to enhance its web presence and promote timelier, practical solutions to our region's manufacturing challenges.”