Advocacy: Your Regional & National Voice
For more than 140 years, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has been the nation's leading voice on manufacturing competitiveness. We focus on the issues most critical to our members: People and skills, tax and finance, energy and the environment, US business, as well as domestic and international trade.
But don't just take our word for it. CME was recently recognized by The Hill Times as one of the top five most influential lobby groups in the country, recording more meetings with federal office holders than any other association in Canada.
And, while our reach is national, our focus is also regional. Through the guidance of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council, CME is widely regarded as one of the most active and respected organizations in the province.
Simply put, our advocacy yields results. Here is a small sample of some of our most recent policy wins:
|Released the Manufacturing 2025 Action Plan — the largest manufacturing consultation in Saskatchewan history, outlining 25 priority recommendations to grow the province's manufacturing sector to $25 billion by the year 2025.|
|Tabled a set of recommendations that formed the basis for the provincial government's strategic procurement policy, promoting fairness and competitive reciprocity for Saskatchewan manufacturers, as well as best value for Saskatchewan taxpayers.|
|Pushed for the launch of the new Manufacturing and Processing Exporter Tax Incentive — formally introduced in the 2015-16 provincial budget — rewarding companies expanding their business abroad while creating jobs here at home.|
|Helped shape the formation and launch of the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant, providing Saskatchewan companies close to $16 million over the next four years to support employee training initiatives.|
|Was instrumental in securing a 10-year extension of the federal Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance, which implements an expedited rate of depreciation for new manufacturing investments in machinery and equipment — saving Canadian manufacturers more than $1 billion each year.|
|Fervently pushed for an expansion of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program to 4,725 in 2014 and 5,500 in 2015, and remains a key advisor to government on the new express entry program, launched in January 2015.|
|As a representative on Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy Advisory Panel, was central in the government’s efforts to finalize international trade agreements with the European Union, South Korea and others.|
|Advised for and applauded the rollout of Priority Saskatchewan — a new government agency tasked with ensuring Crown procurement policy delivers maximum economic benefit, while respecting our international trade obligations.|
|Secured funding to develop and launch the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence — a new initiative offering tangible supports in the areas of productivity improvement, workforce development and innovation.
|Successfully advocated for a $20 million pilot of the National Research Council’s Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP) — a new ‘voucher’ funding program, linking SMEs with publicly funded R&D assets.|
|Continues to be industry’s champion on corporate tax reductions, ensuring Saskatchewan manufacturers have access to the second lowest combined rate in the country (10%), next only to Newfoundland & Labrador (and additional credits announced in the October 2014 Throne Speech).|
|Supported the three-year freeze of EI premiums, which translates into $75 million in savings alone for Canadian manufacturers in 2014, and about $2.5 billion in economic benefit through 2016.|
|As requested in the first-ever Saskatchewan Manufacturing Strategy, tabled in November 2013, boosted the number of apprenticeship training seats in the province to 7,000.|
|The most influential Canadian association on cross-border business issues; continues to regularly consult with government on Canada-US efforts around the Beyond the Border Action Plan, Buy America and regulatory cooperation.|
And this is just a partial list! Interested in learning more? Contact CME's Executive Director, Darryl Minty, at (306) 301-0172 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.