With more than 1.7 million Canadians employed, a total $114 billion in wages and salaries, and sales of $610 billion in 2015 (accounting for 11 percent of the Canadian economy) the Canadian manufacturing sector has once again become the focus of attention in a tumultuous economic era.

"Industrie 2030* aims to position Canada for the future by partnering key federal, provincial, and municipal government departments — responsible for economic development, trade, and skills development — with other leading business associations, education and training leaders, along with labour and community stakeholders."

A more productive, globally integrated advanced manufacturing base must serve as the basis for growth in a diverse, resilient Canadian economy. The next generation Canadian manufacturing sector is poised to change our place in the global economy. Canada needs to play a role in a digital world, not just through new technologies but by re-imagining how we make the things the global economy needs. Through these advanced manufacturing technologies, Canada can also lead the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and become a more productive, innovative, and energy efficient economy.

The opportunities for highly skilled workers are providing the next generation of manufacturing employees with a completely new career dynamic. These new opportunities will be secured through reimagined training programs that provide paid, on-the-job training in rewarding careers and will blur the lines between technology and production. The opportunities for Canada through direct investment and mandate attraction of global trade demand a new vision for industry in Canada.

Stiff competition

Canada needs a 21st century industrial innovation strategy to drive growth, curb emissions, and increase productivity. Digital manufacturing strategies have been developed in Germany, China, Britain, and the U.S. and Canada’s window for a competing strategy is closing. Our goal is to have Industrie 2030, a collaborative approach to the development of a national digital manufacturing strategy, define Canada’s national strategy.

“Canada needs to play a role in a digital world, not just through new technologies but by re-imagining how we make the things the global economy needs.”

Industrie 2030* aims to position Canada for the future by partnering key federal, provincial, and municipal government departments — responsible for economic development, trade, and skills development — with other leading business associations, education and training leaders, along with labour and community stakeholders.

It is not enough to simply consult with government and industry leaders and key stakeholders on what the future of Canadian manufacturing might be. Industrie 2030 must create an actionable and sustainable roadmap for implementation that leads to the doubling of manufacturing output and value-added exports by 2030.

Our journey towards Industrie 2030 and a more prosperous Canada will begin this spring and will provide ample opportunity for Canadians to get involved via in-person meetings across the country, online consultations, and a national summit on manufacturing. Together, we can manufacture change.

*To find out more about how you can get involved and support this critical initiative, please visit www.industrie2030.ca