Helping Manufacturers Increase Productivity

     McGuinty Government And Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Working
                      Together To Boost Competitiveness

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ -


    The Government of Ontario and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
(CME) launched a joint initiative today to help small and medium-sized
companies secure and create jobs by becoming more productive and more
    The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, backed by a $25-million
investment by the provincial government, will be helping small and
medium-sized manufacturers increase their competitiveness in the global
economy through a new program called SMART.
    The SMART program will provide up to 50 per cent of eligible program
costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per project, and focuses on three key areas
that can help Ontario manufacturers get ahead:
    -  Lean manufacturing and process improvements
    -  Information and communications technology
    -  Energy efficiency.

    More information about the SMART Program can be found at


    "The McGuinty Government is working with manufacturers to help them to
compete and to win in the global market place," said Michael Bryant, Minister
of Economic Development. "The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters are
superbly placed to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers become more
competitive so there are the jobs people need and deserve."
    "CME's SMART Program will equip Ontario manufacturers with the tools
needed to compete and win in the new economy," said CME President, Jayson
Myers. "We are pleased that the McGuinty Government has taken a lead role in
helping hundreds of small and mid-sized manufacturers invest in their future."


    -  Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
       ( is
       Canada's largest trade and industry association and more than 85 per
       cent of their members are small and medium-sized enterprises.
    -  Ontario has the second highest number of manufacturing employees of
       any jurisdiction in North America, after California.


    Find out more about Ontario's support for a strong economy at

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562;
Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4776

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