OTTAWA, Ont. – A coalition of Canadian manufacturing groups, including the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA), is looking for regulatory help as they respond to the economic fallout of Covid-19.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” they say in a letter to
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, highlighting outstanding issues like access to
assistance programs like the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, and the Canadian
Commercial Rent Assistance programs.
The group also highlighted an “onslaught” of new environmental
regulations and potential requirements for employee sick day benefits among
“We urge you to consider the tremendous burden this puts on
businesses and their limited capacity to adapt to any new rules that do not
directly improve the efficiency and competitiveness of their business,” they write
in the letter dated June 19.
The manufacturers are calling for measures including a Regulatory
Bill of Rights, a national manufacturing strategy, and help to ensure
businesses are not unduly burdened during precarious economic times.
There are calls to refine and expand support programs, extend tax deferral and duty programs, and consumer spending initiatives. They also ask for more government procurement and a “Made in Canada” campaign.
The focus, the manufacturers say, must look to reduce the
cost of doing business, improving regional value chains, and leveraging natural
Other signatories on the letter include 22 national manufacturing associations, representing industries including health and consumer products, the petroleum industry, automotive, tooling and machining, and more. CTEA members include trailer and specialty vehicle manufacturers.
The issues are expected to be highlighted next week when the
manufacturers host a virtual lobby day to meet with MPs.
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