McGuinty Government Committed To Long-Term Success For Ontario Manufacturers

    Ontario Manufacturing Council Vice-Chairs Appointed To Support Key Sector

    QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government has appointed two
manufacturing sector experts as the Vice-Chairs of the province's first
Manufacturing Council, Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and
Trade announced today.
    "The McGuinty government is committed to securing long-term success for
the manufacturing sector," said Pupatello. "Manufacturing is extremely
important to Ontario's economic prosperity. Our government knows the sector
faces challenges. We know there are problems that must be solved. This Council
is a valuable addition to our manufacturing response and competitiveness
strategy, which helps Ontario manufacturers innovate, compete and adjust to
global restructuring."
    Jayson Myers, President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and Jim
Stanford, Economist with the Canadian Auto Workers, will provide
recommendations to the government on investment, innovation, trade, market
development, energy and the environment. They will also advise on human
resources and regulatory issues that affect the global competitiveness of
Ontario's manufacturing sector.
    "The experience and strategic leadership that Jim and Jayson bring to
this task are a major win for the Council and Ontario's manufacturing sector.
They have experienced the ups and downs of manufacturing in Ontario, and they
know what it takes to be successful in an aggressively competitive global
environment," Pupatello said.
    The McGuinty government announced its commitment to establish the Ontario
Manufacturing Council in the 2007 Budget. The Council will be made up of
manufacturing stakeholders who will examine the sector's long-term needs and
recommend to government, strategic approaches on sustaining growth and
increasing global competitiveness.
    "Ontario's extensive infrastructure, skilled workforce and low-cost
research and development opportunities can foster long-term manufacturing
success province-wide and around the globe," said Myers. "I look forward to
working with the Council to develop a strategic framework that leverages these
advantages and builds on the strengths of our manufacturing sector."
    "I'm very pleased to Vice-Chair the Council, which is an important and
timely initiative," said Stanford. "Manufacturing is so vital to the economic
health of Ontario. We all depend on the spin-off benefits that manufacturing
generates, and we need to enlist all stakeholders in an effort to keep the
sector healthy."
    "Small and medium-sized manufacturers comprise 99.5 per cent of all
manufacturing establishments in Ontario," said Harinder Takhar, Minister of
Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "This Council is yet another strong
initiative from our government that helps manufacturers and small and
medium-sized businesses overcome the challenges they face and prosper in

    Key initiatives of the Ontario government's manufacturing response and
competitiveness strategy include:

    -   Next Generation Jobs Fund - A $1.15 billion fund aimed at creating
        high-value jobs, reducing greenhouse gases and spurring significant
        new investment in high potential areas of Ontario's economy including
        clean automotive, environmental technologies, biotech, ICT and
        digital media

    -   Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy - A $500 million initiative
        that has leveraged more than $7 billion in new investment and created
        thousands of high-value jobs in Ontario's auto sector

    -   Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy - A $500 million strategy
        that promotes the use of leading-edge technologies and processes and
        has supported a range of innovative projects that will generate about
        $617 million in new investment and help create or retain about
        3,400 jobs, over five years

    -   MPP David Ramsay will review the current competitive challenges and
        drivers facing Ontario's manufacturers, particularly small- to
        medium-sized firms, examine how other jurisdictions have responded
        and propose measures to assist manufacturing-based communities,
        including smaller (less than 25,000 residents) and northern

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For further information:

For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office,
(416) 325-6907; David Bauer, Communications and Public Affairs Branch, (416)

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