Canadian Plastics


April 9, 2021  

Ontario launching workplace inspection campaigns in COVID-19 hotspots

The inspections will begin with warehouses, food processors, and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions.

April 6, 2021  

1 in 3 remote workers may quit if required to return to office full time, survey finds

More than half of all employees surveyed said they prefer a hybrid work arrangement, where they can divide time between the office and another location.

April 1, 2021  

Canada’s small businesses want rapid testing, not lockdowns: CFIB

A recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that two-thirds of small businesses would consider using COVID-19 rapid tests to remain open.

March 31, 2021  

Governments investing in new vaccine manufacturing plant in Toronto

The new facility is intended to meet growing demand for flu vaccines, boost Canada’s preparedness for future pandemics, and will create 300 jobs.

March 25, 2021  

Industry associations praise manufacturing sector support in new Ontario budget

Among other things, the budget offers a second round of grants – ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 – to small businesses hit hard by the pandemic, and has set aside $1.7 billion for the program.

March 23, 2021  

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March 16, 2021  

Canadian firm launches medical mask manufacturing automation and vision systems

The Canadian Shield, headquartered in Waterloo, Ont., has partnered with local automation companies to design and manufacture proprietary medical mask production cells and vision systems.

March 9, 2021  

CME asks government for more funding to help women in manufacturing

The Ottawa-based association is calling for extra funding for its Women in Manufacturing program, tax incentives to help employers to create childcare options, and additional money to help retrain women for jobs in manufacturing.

March 1, 2021  

Canadian manufacturing growth picked up in February, report says

An improving domestic demand picture, greater purchasing activity, and a sustained period of employment suggests firms expect greater output in the months ahead, the report from IHS Markit said.

February 19, 2021  

“Plastimagen Light” rescheduled as a virtual event only

Originally planned as a hybrid exhibition from March 9-11, Mexico’s largest plastics trade fair will now be held in digital format only from March 22-26.

February 19, 2021  

Ontario opens business applications for $115 million skills development fund

The fund will support projects that will help relieve pandemic-induced barriers to hiring, training, and retaining workers.

February 5, 2021  

Applications now open for Ontario’s new Skills Development Fund

The $115-million fund, which will support workers and apprentices, is designed to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

February 1, 2021  

Ongoing border restrictions are costing manufacturers millions, survey reveals

The survey conducted by several industry associations indicates more than two-thirds of respondents have lost business amounting to tens of millions of dollars due to issues at the Canada-U.S. border.

January 25, 2021  

New transparent PVC film capable of inactivating coronavirus

Developed by Braskem and AlpFilm, the film can inactivate 79.9% of the new coronavirus in three minutes and 99.99% in up to 15 minutes.

January 21, 2021  

Arburg announces extended Technology Days event in June

The in-person show is set to run from June 7-12 at the company’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, and is being described as “Covid-secure”.

January 20, 2021  

Manufacturing sales down in November, wholesale sales up, StatCan says

Manufacturing sales fell in November for the first time in three months, and sales were down in 5 of 21 industries, driven mainly by the aerospace product and parts, motor vehicle, and motor vehicle parts industries.

January 18, 2021  

Quebec threatens construction, manufacturing sectors with more COVID-19 restrictions

Quebec’s labour minister is threatening on to impose more restrictions on the province’s construction and manufacturing sectors for allegedly flouting health orders.

January 13, 2021  

Ontario manufacturers to receive more testing, inspections as stay-at-home order begins

The province will provide up to 300,000 COVID-19 tests per week to support manufacturing, warehousing, supply chain, and food processing.

January 12, 2021  

Ford to close Brazil manufacturing operations

The company is closing two plants immediately and a third later in the year, as part of a restructuring plan meant to cut costs and increase efficiency.

January 8, 2021  

Quebec to impose 8 p.m. province-wide curfew, manufacturing sector stays open

The provincial government won’t close factories or order work sites to stop operating, but factories are being asked to postpone “non-essential” manufacturing.

January 6, 2021  

Record improvement in Canadian business conditions during December, report says

Canadian manufacturers reported an overall improvement in business conditions during December, according to a new report from IHS Markit Canada.

December 22, 2020  

Top 10 Canadian Plastics stories of 2020

A look at our top 10 most-visited news stories and feature articles of the year.

December 21, 2020  

Ontario invests $77 million to help job seekers retrain after COVID-19 layoffs

This funding is being provided through the redesigned Second Career grant program and will help more than 2,750 job seekers with up to $28,000 for tuition, training materials, and living expenses.

December 14, 2020  

StackTeck enhances mold-qualification capabilities during the pandemic

The Brampton, Ont.-based moldmaker now offers a virtual mold-testing capability package for customers limiting travel due to COVID-19.

December 9, 2020  

Ontario injection molder among three firms to get provincial funding for mask and respirator production

Waterloo, Ont.-based Swenco is receiving $2 million to help the company establish a new production facility to make ASTM level 1, 2 and 3 surgical masks.

December 2, 2020  

Absolute Haitian press allows Michigan university plastics lab to expand during pandemic

With a new Zeres injection molding machine, Ferris State University has been able to add an additional lab section for applied learning with one student at each machine rather than two, reducing the number of lab partners.

November 30, 2020  

Global auto sales improve modestly again in October, report says

On a year-over-year basis, sales were in positive territory for a second consecutive month since the pandemic struck, Scotiabank’s latest Global Auto Report says.

November 24, 2020  

Two-thirds of Canadian business owners negatively impacted by COVID-19: CIBC poll

But the majority (75%) of business owners remain optimistic they will rebound once the pandemic subsides, the poll also found.

November 23, 2020  

Amcor adds face masks to healthcare product portfolio

The face masks meet general purpose-use requirements with a triple layer consisting of a non-woven inner and outer layer, and a melt-blown middle layer.

November 16, 2020  

Ontario invests $350,000 for plastic sheeting maker to produce face shields

The funding for Integrated Packaging Films of Ayr, Ont. will help the firm produce an additional four million face shields per month for use during the second wave of COVID-19.

November 12, 2020  

CpK Interior Products R&D team invents anti-viral plastics to kill COVID-19

The formulations kill 99.9999% of SARS-CoV-2 virus on material surfaces in less than 60 minutes.

November 9, 2020  

Canadian government extending funding for innovation assistance program into December

The program an emergency wage subsidy provided to eligible small and medium-sized firms on a priority basis.