Canadian Manufacturing

CMC discusses supply chain issues with Canadian government

CMC asked Champagne to start working with the US to reverse the vaccine mandate for cross border truckers, which has continued to cause disruptions to integrated North American manufacturing.

January 24, 2022   by CM Staff

OTTAWA — The Canadian Manufacturing Coalition met with Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, to discuss the need for government action on supply chain bottlenecks, labour shortages and trade protectionism.

CMC stated that it asked Champagne to start working with the US to reverse the vaccine mandate for cross border truckers, which has continued to cause disruptions to integrated North American manufacturing.

The CMC represents over 30 manufacturing trade associations and is chaired by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

“We thank Minister Champagne for sitting down with manufacturers to talk about the supply chain problems that are plaguing Canadian manufacturers and already affecting the availability of food and goods for Canadians across the country,” said CMC Chair Dennis Darby, President and CEO of CME in a statement.

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“This is a good first step, but now we need to see concrete action by the government to start addressing these challenges, starting with reversing the trucker vaccine mandate.”

Darby emphasized to the Minister that Canadian consumers and manufacturers are facing the same problem.

“We can’t get the goods we need because of the supply chain bottlenecks made worse by the trucker vaccine mandate. Our manufacturers can’t operate, and Canadians are seeing empty shelves,” said Darby in a statement.

The CMC also discussed the ongoing labour shortage caused by a surge in cases of the Omicron variant.

“Between supply chain problems, labour shortages, and trade protectionism from our biggest trade partner, the US, our sector is being hit on multiple fronts. We need government to help relieve pressure by avoiding policies that make the situation worse and to help us get the workers we need,” said Darby in a statement.

Canadian manufacturers will keep working with the government to address these challenges as the pandemic has shown the importance of manufacturing to Canada.

“We want to strengthen our sector and see it grow so it can continue to drive our economy. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with government to achieve that goal.”

According to statistics from CMC, the manufacturing sector represents more than 10 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product. Manufacturers directly support more than 1.7 million jobs in Canada. The total manufacturing sales in 2019 surpassed $685 billion.