October is Manufacturing Month: Engage your community

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters hosts kick-off event in Ottawa Oct. 7.

Canadian manufacturing at work: building the Ford Flex at the Oakville, Ont. assembly plant.  Photo: Ford

Canadian manufacturing at work: building the Ford Flex at the Oakville, Ont. assembly plant.
Photo: Ford

OTTAWA — Manufacturing: it’s not like it was in Grandpa’s day. That’s the message Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is delivering during October, otherwise known as Manufacturing Month.

“We are celebrating Canada’s largest business sector,” said Jayson Myers, president and CEO of CME. “The perception of manufacturing today is out of touch with reality. We need to change that.”

There’s a long-standing impression that manufacturing is 4D: dirty, depressing, declining and dangerous. Manufacturing Month will help change that impression and point out that making things in a plant isn’t boring, either. It’s high tech, skilled and the pay is pretty good (see below). Indeed, the CME offers the following stats for you to share with the unenlightened:

• Manufacturing is a $590 billion affair.

• It accounts for 62% of exports.

• It’s responsible for 11% of GDP.

• It employs 1.7 million Canadians.

• Its share of national employment is 10%

• Average weekly pay is $1,020.

CME is kicking off the month on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 7 with the release of its Management Issues Survey.

Myers said early results indicate manufacturers are very optimistic about business conditions over the next three years with the majority planning to hire more people, invest in machinery and equipment as well as research and development while expecting sales to outpace the levels recorded in the past three.

Events will follow across Canada and manufacturers are encouraged to engage the public, politicians and young people with outreach efforts such as plant tours (how to kits have been developed for each province). There are also micro-sites: and to provide stats, success stories and event information.

Take advantage of Manufacturing Month to set the record straight.

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