Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

March 19, 2015 11:15 ET

Harper Government Invests in Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - March 19, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification announced a federal investment of over $1.4 million to help establish and operate the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence.

Under the governance of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence will focus on gaps in industry and address critical impediments to growth for the manufacturing sector. The Centre will provide support for small- and medium-sized manufacturers throughout Saskatchewan in three core areas: Productivity Improvement, Workforce & Skills Development, and Innovation. The Centre will also develop and implement programming to connect Aboriginal participants to career opportunities in manufacturing.

Western Canada's long-term economic growth depends on the development of a trained and highly skilled workforce. This investment in the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence will meet the demand for skilled workers in Western Canada.

Quick Facts

  • CME is a non-profit association with members representing 82% of Canada's manufacturing output and 90% of Canada's exports.
  • The manufacturing sector employs over 28,000 people in Saskatchewan.
  • Funding is being provided through the Western Diversification Program (WDP).

Quotes

"To keep up with the demands of the growing manufacturing sector, our Government is pleased to invest in the establishment of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. Training skilled workers and increasing productivity and innovation are essential to the continued growth and prosperity of Saskatchewan, and Western Canada."

  • Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"The Centre of Excellence will provide Saskatchewan manufacturers with the resources, services and leadership necessary to compete and win in both domestic and global markets. Manufacturers in this province are already recognized around the world as world-class, but as markets evolve, so do the demands of business. It is imperative that manufacturers have timely access to the supports, training and best practices they need to continue creating jobs, stimulating investment, and driving economic growth."

  • Derek Lothian, Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Executive Director, Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council

Additional Links

- Province of Saskatchewan Funding Announcement: March 19, 2014

- Canadian Manufacturing & Exporters: http://www.cme-mec.ca/

- Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence: http://sk.cme-mec.ca/saskatchewan/manufacturing-centre-of-excellence/saskatchewan-manufacturing-centre-of-excellence.html

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Melissa Fiacco
    Director, Saskatchewan
    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    306-450-0897
    Melissa.Fiacco@cme-mec.ca

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