Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Calls on Government to Take Action to Increase the Presence of Women in Manufacturing

OTTAWA, ON, March 12, 2021 / CNW / – Today concludes the 4th Annual Women in Manufacturing Success Forum, organized by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and attended by over 500 people. The event aimed to engage and inspire young women to consider careers in manufacturing, help manufacturers attract and retain women in the workplace, and empower, support and accelerate women in the workplace. industry.

“Since 2017, the Women in Manufacturing (WIM) program has added 36,000 new women to the industry, ultimately shifting a number that had stubbornly remained static for decades. We have seen that the WIM concept works. However, given the health crisis, we must now ensure that everything is done to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the employment of women in the manufacturing sector. we can do it!“, noted Rhonda barnet, Past President of CME and President and COO of AVIT Manufacturing.

Even before COVID-19, the manufacturing industry was already struggling to attract women. Indeed, in Canada, women make up 48 percent of the workforce, but only 28 percent of the manufacturing workforce. However, with the pandemic, the number of women in manufacturing has declined and is not recovering as quickly as employment for men.

CME calls for action

To counter the impact of the pandemic on women’s employment, CME calls for:

1. Additional funding for its WIM program, which is expected to end in 2021.

With its goal of increasing the number of women in manufacturing by 100,000 over the next five years, the program is now more relevant than ever.

2. Tax incentives to help employers create more child care options.

Universal solutions, such as public / universal daycares, do not meet the needs of the manufacturing workforce. Funding businesses directly through tax incentives would give them the flexibility to set the form of child care that best suits their workforce.

3. Additional and targeted funding, through the Canada Training Benefit, to women who wish to upgrade their skills and take up jobs in demand specifically in high demand fields such as manufacturing.

Tax credits should be granted directly to companies for the investments they make in the training of their employees. This credit must cover training provided by third parties, but also training carried out internally within a company. The idea is to give companies the greatest possible flexibility in the training they choose to take for their workers to ensure that it is relevant to them and improves their productivity.

“The participation rates of women in the manufacturing sector have been disproportionately affected during COVID-19. Further measures are therefore needed to close this gap and thus we can significantly improve the results of women’s participation in the labor force. The social and economic need to do so is clear and action is needed now. ”Mentioned Dennis darby, President and CEO of CME.

Learn best practices and better educate women about the manufacturing sector

Every day this week, the annual Women in Manufacturing Success Forum featured leaders from the manufacturing sector who spoke about how they advocate for inclusion and diversity in their workplaces in order to increase the number of women in manufacturing. There were panel discussions on a variety of topics and each day also featured virtual “open house” tours of manufacturing plants across the country. Participants were able to participate in virtual tours of modern manufacturing facilities and learn about the various career opportunities available in the manufacturing sector.

CME’s full report, “The ‘Shecession’ in the Manufacturing Workforce” is available here.


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, [email protected], @CME_MEC

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