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The Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI) is a collaborative research and development program that enables manufacturers to develop and commercialize new products or processes with funding and support from post-secondary institutions.
Product and process development projects are difficult for most small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers to achieve. These projects require significant internal expertise, equipment, time, and materials to complete, and technical uncertainties often prevent businesses from making such investments. Not only is it difficult to plan and execute technology development projects, but the risks involved can often outweigh potential rewards.
Fortunately, resources exist to help Ontario-based…
As we wrote in January, recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) under Bill 148 included a new method for calculating Public Holiday Pay. However, after widespread criticism from employers, the Ontario government announced Monday that it would be conducting a review of the Public Holiday Pay system.
Pending this review, as of July 1, 2018, the former system for calculating Public Holiday Pay will be reintroduced. The government has already passed the Regulation effecting this change, which simply states:
The employee’s public holiday pay for a given public holiday shall be equal to the total amount of regular wages earned and vacation pay payable to the employee in the four work weeks before the work week in which the public holiday occurred, divided by 20.
The Bill 148 method required that…
More and more Canadian manufacturers are looking at international markets as a way to grow their business. They want to work with a global leader and minimize their exposure in foreign markets. Recent financial challenges highlighted the inherent risks of doing business in an international market place. As Canadian manufacturers increase their supply chain and customer base globally, the need to manage currency exposure is becoming an integral part of day-to-day business.
Canadian manufacturers can access government funding to reduce the costs of trade show participation by up to 50%. Here’s where to exhibit.
Does your manufacturing company plan to exhibit at international trade shows this year? Trade shows provide an opportunity to grow your business in new markets and drive higher global revenues. They diversify your client base and can serve as a launching point for sustained international success.
Yet, for many manufacturers, researching international trade shows can be a time-demanding and complicated process. There are websites and resources available online to support this phase of the…
Employers need some good news these days, with rising minimum wages, employee-friendly changes to many employment standards, and let’s not even mention the stock market. So I’m happy to share the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Nemeth v. Hatch Ltd. in which a very simple termination provision was upheld.
Mr. Nemeth had been employed by Hatch Ltd. for just over 19 years when his employment was terminated without cause. The termination provision in his employment contract said:
The Company’s policy with respect to termination is that employment may be terminated by either party with notice in writing. The notice period shall amount to one week per year of service with a minimum of four weeks or the notice required by the applicable labour legislation.
The Company paid Mr. Nemeth eight weeks’ notice…
Canada’s 2018 Federal Budget identified several priorities which will receive support over the next five years. Many of the government’s business funding programs are set to be consolidated into funding “suites”, but will be given increased funding to award innovative, high-growth businesses.
The Canadian Federal Budget 2018 was released to much interest from manufacturing leaders and industry analysts. This year, innovation was again a top priority of the federal government, highlighted by the increase in funding support for several research and development funds. Unlike the previous two Liberal budgets, however, there will be considerable changes to the way these programs are administered.
There were many Canadian government funding highlights in Budget 2018, including a top-up…
EMC DIRECT COST SAVING PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT FOR EMC MEMBERS ACROSS CANADA
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With the Staples Business Advantage™ EMC Members will get preferred pricing on all chosen product…
With Friday the 13th only days away, many people suffer from a fear of sorts as it relates to the 13th, a phobia referred to as triskaidekaphobia.
Whether you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia or not, many of our members are kept awake at night trying to tap into every possible opportunity to reduce costs and increase competitiveness as a manufacturer in Canada. Not an easy task in today’s day in age.
Fortunately for our members, tapping into opportunities, specifically those that exist amongst our thousands of members across Canada is as simple as the click of a keyboard with EMC’s Opportunity Alerts service, a valuable component of your EMC…
Congratulations Winter 2018 EMC - Harvard Supervisory Certificate Program Graduates!!
Another successful Program session was experienced by all who participated in the EMC - Harvard Supervisory Certificate Program Winter 2018 session. This certification continues to make such a positive difference in career paths, day-to-day responsibilities and will contribute to the success of many participating companies! (EMC) Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium is excited about the opportunity to assist future participants and manufacturers in 2018.
The 2018 Winter Session successfully wrapped up with a group of Supervisors, Managers and Team Associates and their Managers from six companies who came together on March 23rd to complete their EMC - Harvard Supervisory Certificate program. Canplas Industries Ltd. in Barrie, Ontario once again hosted this great event where participants received certificates recognizing their efforts over the 10 -week Program period.
As part of the EMC - Harvard Supervisory Certificate program, participants…
Have you ever been called a “busy bee?” Use of this term often refers to the little known fact that Bees are industrious by nature, consistently working hard to organize their hives, collect pollen and make honey. The challenge to being a "Busy bee" however, can be that too much time is consumed in tackling priorities and completing tasks leaving little time to focus on overcoming your greatest challenges.
|Manufacturing is by nature “busy”. With ever present deadlines, equipment problems…|
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