Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Call for Priority Vaccination of Essential Manufacturing Workers in Ontario

TORONTO, April 7, 2021 / CNW / – Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) expresses deep concern over recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in Canada, especially in Ontario. The CME urges the government to Ontario Prioritize the vaccination of essential workers so that the sector can continue to keep workplaces open and safe for essential manufacturing workers.

CME offers support to leverage the capacities of the manufacturing sector to accelerate immunization deployment, including using industrial sites and resources to deliver vaccines to their workforce and to local communities at large.

Right now, manufacturing workers have been told that the first potential inoculation is still months away in June. In the meantime, our American counterparts have largely finished vaccinating their employees at this stage. the Ontario the government must prioritize essential production workers and ensure rapid access to vaccines just behind our frontline workers and our elders.

“As a sector that employs over 750,000 core manufacturing workers who continue to go to work every day – we need to make sure that Ontario uses all the resources at its disposal to increase the deployment of immunization. While our sector has reorganized all of its operations to make essential PPE and other goods necessary for their protection, access to vaccines is imperative so that these workers are properly protected day after day. Dennis darby, President and CEO of CME.

CME calls the Ontario government to help industry play its role in the fight against COVID-19 by allowing manufacturers to continue to operate safely by immediately expanding the availability of rapid test programs to all manufacturers. Dennis darby sits on the industry advisory roundtable on COVID-19 Testing, Screening, Tracing and Data Management, which recently released a report on the importance of task delegation to enable the use of rapid tests to detect COVID-19 in the workplace.

While local chief medical officers and other infectious disease experts call the Ontario government to increase its shutdown restrictions, CME is ready to do its part to keep critical operations open by vaccinating their employees and keeping the community safe.


Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has helped manufacturers grow at home and compete globally. Our goal is to ensure that manufacturers are recognized as engines of growth in the economy, with Canada recognized as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents over 2,500 leading companies which account for approximately 82 percent of manufacturing output and 90 percent of from Canada exports.

SOURCE Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

For further information: Ady Stefan Calin, Manager, Communications and Branding, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, C: 514-293-3765, E: [email protected], @CME_MEC

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