Canadian Plastics


July 15, 2021  

Manufacturing sales fell 0.6 per cent in May, StatCan says

The machinery, chemical, and fabricated metal industries were mainly responsible for the decline.

July 14, 2021  

43 per cent of Canadian companies plan to add new positions in the second half of 2021

Another 54 per cent plan to fill vacated positions or bring back temporarily laid off employees, a new survey shows.

July 14, 2021  

Canadians reject Liberals plan to “reimagine” manufacturing, jobs, and waste management, survey says

The majority of Canadians support local decision-making over centralization of power in Ottawa, a survey conducted by manufacturing groups has found.

July 9, 2021  

Ontario moving to step three of reopening on July 16

Step three of the roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place.

June 23, 2021  

Manufacturing industry continues to lose millions due to border issues, survey says

Sixty-nine per cent of respondents have experienced loss of contracts due to border issues.

June 22, 2021  

Plastics machinery shipments down in Q1 but “poised for growth,” report says

North American shipments of primary plastics machinery decreased following three consecutive quarters of growth, the report says.

May 18, 2021  

Ontario investing $690,000 in the manufacturing sector

The training program is led by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the online courses will be offered at no cost to the employee.

May 2, 2021  

Canadian reshoring group formed to advocate for supply chain modernization

Called “Reshoring Canada”, the non-partisan advocacy organization was formed by a group of former parliamentarians.

April 28, 2021  

North American manufacturing rebounding from a challenging 2020, survey shows

Twenty-five per cent of the plastics processors and moldmakers surveyed broke even or lost money in 2020.

April 21, 2021  

2021 federal budget: What’s in it for manufacturers

A look at some of the highlights for Canada’s manufacturers.

April 20, 2021  

Federal budget “missed an opportunity” to help manufacturing sector, association says

The new budget fails to offer a comprehensive, targeted manufacturing strategy, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

April 19, 2021  

Sarnia–Lambton region designated as an official trade hub

The designation gives businesses and manufacturers easier access to federal trade incentive programs and allows them to market themselves as a hub for international trade.

April 16, 2021  

European plastics industry faces extreme raw materials shortages, price increases, association says

The situation threatens the economic survival of numerous SMEs and endangers the production of a wide range of products, the European Plastics Converters group says.

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 30, 2021  

Ontario invests $10 million in auto parts companies to boost supply chain competitiveness

The projects will help position the province as a hub for building cars of the future.

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  

Province appoints Board of Directors of new Invest Ontario provincial agency

Invest Ontario will advise on key opportunities to spur Ontario’s economic recovery and growth in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

March 19, 2021  

ANALYSIS: Texas deep freeze: Lingering impacts on U.S. petrochemical industry

Operations at U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical facilities have yet to fully recover one month after freezing temperatures triggered widespread power outages and plant shutdowns.

March 17, 2021  

OPINION: Revamping Canada’s packaging production

The packaging sector has huge impact on Canada’s economic future. And with new competitors emerging and turning to advanced technologies to gain a competitive edge, small, incremental investments can make all the difference.

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 17, 2021  

Editorial: Hedging is a tool for price risk reduction, not cost reduction

Energy buyers are tasked with helping their organizations lower costs and manage cost uncertainty on the energy they need to operate. Energy price hedging is an important tool for accomplishing that goal.

February 17, 2021  

North American machinery shipments up nearly 20% in Q4, report says

Canada and Mexico remained the top export markets for U.S. equipment suppliers in the fourth quarter, the report from the Plastics Industry Association said.

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 4, 2021  

European flexible packaging manufacturers “very concerned” about polymer shortage and price development

The Flexible Packaging Europe association blames force majeure declarations, maintenance announcements, and price increases by European polymer manufacturers for creating sudden and significant shortages.

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 27, 2021  

Ontario opposes new U.S. “Buy American” executive order

The executive order disrupts existing Ontario-U.S. cross-border supply chains and erodes long-standing relationships, according to Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

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 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 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 15, 2020  

Manufacturing sales edged up 0.3% in October, StatCan says

Manufacturing sales grew to $54.1 billion led by the paper, petroleum, and coal industries, and with 2.2% growth for plastic and rubber product manufacturers.