The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium recently held a virtual meeting to discuss the current state of manufacturing across Canada. EMC is a unique not‐for‐profit organization of manufacturers of all sizes and sectors.
The meeting was held to support owners and executive/senior level individuals in Atlantic Canada who make critical decisions every day, a task which has been taken to a new level since the pandemic struck.
COVID-19 impacts on the manufacturing sector
Scott McNeil-Smith, Vice President of Manufacturing Sector Performance with EMC, talked about a report about the industry which was released on July 31, 2020. The report includes input from manufacturers who describe significant challenges such as:
▪ Urgent health and safety concerns for their staff, management, and customers
▪ Ability to sustain operations, supply chains and future productive capabilities
▪ Skills shortages, vacancies and related HR issues are still a top priority for industry
▪ Steps to pandemic recovery, including restart and return-to-work processes, employee safety, production, customer relationships, sales orders, and supply chain issues.
The report states that these issues have been compounded further by the need to significantly adapt new ways of doing business, while dramatically reducing or isolating their workforce.
EMC is listening to manufacturers’ needs as it works to provide support, a clear roadmap, and resources to enable a rapid recovery from the pandemic and the resulting recession.
“However, some good news is as of August 31, manufacturing employment in Canada has recovered to 95.3 percent of its pre-COVID-19 level,” says Scott.
The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council reports that nearly 78,000 people are employed in Atlantic Canada’s manufacturing sector, which is the seventh-largest employer. Average weekly wages in Atlantic manufacturing are $1,032. On PEI, 6,500 people are employed in the manufacturing industry.
For more information about manufacturing, contact Joan Richard, Operations Manager, Eastern Canada, at 506-530-0229 or [email protected]