OTTAWA, ON, June 7, 2021 /CNW/ – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is calling on the federal government to present a plan to reopen the borders gradually. The lack of predictability is costing the Canadian economy millions of dollars in revenues and endangers thousands of jobs across the country. During the pandemic, Canadian manufacturers worked tirelessly to keep their workers safe while providing Canadians with all the essential goods they need, including personal protective equipment and food.
We have an opportunity to rebuild and restart the Canadian manufacturing sector, and we must seize it. To do so, CME is urging the government to present a clear plan to methodically reopen the borders as recommended by its own COVID-19 expert advisory panel. In May, Health Canada proposed a path forward for local activities, now it is time to have a clear guideline for when border restrictions will be progressively lifted.
CME members have supported the measures put in place at Canada’s borders to restrict unessential international travel. At the same time, they have consistently stated the need to have federal government exemptions for essential business travel upheld at Canada’s borders. While the government agreed to do this, the manufacturing sector has nevertheless continued to run into major challenges at the Canada-US border.
“The Canadian manufacturing sector represents over 10% of Canada’s total GDP, over 90,000 businesses, and 1.7 million direct jobs. Having clarity will only help Canadian manufacturers. Having clear directives will help them to plan and to bounce back from this pandemic” said Dennis Darby, President and CEO of CME.
He also added “manufacturers have the capacity to put the Canadian economy back on track and give Canadians back their jobs”.
With the continued uneven and inconsistent application of the rules and the direct impact on the movement of essential staff, manufacturers are being forced to delay or postpone necessary investments. These investments require the movement of people to support capital installations, research and development, product launches, and a variety of similar activities. What they need now is a clear plan to coordinate the gradual reopening of Canada’s international borders.
- The manufacturing sector represents more than 10% 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 B.
SOURCE Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters