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Year in review: a message from Dennis Darby

Published by CME Manitoba on April 07, 2017

The economic uncertainty facing all manufacturers in Canada was certainly intensified with the change of administrations in the United States, and it is hard to predict in these early days where it will head with respect to trade agreements, specifically NAFTA. But we believe that out of this uncertainty will come opportunity, and that is where we at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters can do our part as your key advocate and business support. 

In 2016, manufacturing output from Manitoba reached an estimated $17.3 billion – the second highest total on record. Nearly 63,600 Manitobans are directly employed in manufacturing – more than twice as many as in agriculture and natural resource industries combined. More importantly, over 96 per cent of manufacturing jobs are full-time positions, compared to 79 per cent in all other industries. Those jobs also pay well; manufacturing wages are 15 per cent higher than the provincial average. On top of that, each manufacturing job in Manitoba generates or supports 3.5 total jobs. I am sure you will agree that manufacturing matters to Manitobans and impacts nearly every aspect of how we live, work and play in the province.

Manitoba continues to lead the manufacturing sector of the Canadian economy, despite ongoing challenges. CME is working hard to support the manufacturing community to address obstacles, which include increased foreign competition, labour shortages, protectionist measures and other local and international issues. We remain committed to creating a supportive business climate through many value streams: advocacy and intelligence; leadership and executive support; technology and innovation; networking; training, skills and human resources; lean and productivity tools; trade and business development; an investment in education and youth and new initiatives like the industry-led safety association, Made Safe. The future is bright and the demand for business growth is high.

On behalf of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters across the country, our Board of Directors and especially from our CME Manitoba team, thank you very much for your continued support.

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