Ontario would welcome manufacturing jobs

Report says companies want to bring operations to North America

Manufacturers may be eyeing Ontario if they start to pull out of cheaper labour markets.

If they set up shop here, that means more jobs popping up.

A report by KPMG shows North American manufacturers may be bringing operations back because of better quality control and high transportation costs from off-shore plants.

It says southwestern Ontario would be an ideal location because it's close to the U.S.

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid says Ontario has one of the best-skilled labour forces in the world.

He says costs for manufacturers have gone down in the province, pointing to the government lowering the corporate tax rate. But in other countries costs are rising.

Duguid stresses Ontario is the ideal centre for "re-shoring."

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  1. Why? posted on 07/22/2014 02:09 PM
    With a Liberal government devoted to making it impossible for private industry to turn a profit, why would any company want to operate in Ontario?

    We'll see manufacturing jobs come back after the Liberals have burned Ontario to the ground and the Conservatives have a chance to build it up again from scratch, and not before.
  2. Ha! posted on 07/22/2014 02:16 PM
    Starting in 2017, the Wicked Wynne of the West is actually going to punish businesses for each job they create. And this clown thinks that THAT is the sort of environment they'll want to operate in?

    Liberal logic: always good for a laugh!
  3. dama posted on 07/22/2014 02:29 PM
    Build me a factory and tax incentive and 50% reduction in electricity cost
    then I might move my operations to Ontario..

    whooops, on 2nd thought I dont want to double pay to Federa and Ontario pension plan..

    1. Go to China posted on 07/22/2014 02:57 PM
      @dama Go to China dama and enjoy living in poverty with little comforts if you are so unappreciative living here then.
      We won't miss you.
    2. dama posted on 07/22/2014 03:49 PM
      @Go to China and that's what companies are doing.. going to China to make their stuffs and export it back to Canada and North America.. for the labour cost is much cheaper..

      hey if you better start believing that manufacturing are disappearing to cheaper countries when Onatrio is too costly for them to sustain their business here.. ,, and I am stating the truth of what is happening here in Ontario .. heard of Heinz closing and more than 300 jobs lost ? I bet you did..

      It really has nothing to do with me, be it me living in China or not.. I bet if you have a company here and it is eating your profit, you wil look at ways to trim cost.. and one option is to move to cheaper country
    3. dama posted on 07/22/2014 03:54 PM
      @Go to China and I really dont mind living in China.. bet you have not been to China.. it is so modern now.. with high rise condo and sea side holiday resorts..
    4. The Real Truth posted on 07/22/2014 05:31 PM
      @dama Truth be known, dama, you are probably unemployed and your EI ran out.
    5. Jack posted on 07/22/2014 06:00 PM
      @The Real Truth Think about that logically: If our friend Dama were unemployed, he'd be rooting for the Liberals every step of the way. After all, they're the ones who benefit the most from the Liberal policy of "Punish people who contribute to society, so we can reward people who don't."
    6. Go to China posted on 07/22/2014 06:21 PM
      @dama Go to China dama! Pack your bags and go there or are you just another person who likes the sound of their own voice?
      All talk and no action.
    7. dama posted on 07/22/2014 06:38 PM
      @Go to China I am already there, enjoy the beach and enjoying Peking Duck

      want to join me? nahhhh
    8. dama posted on 07/22/2014 06:42 PM
      @The Real Truth You cant handle the truth !!!!

      What is EI?.. never know that abbreviation..

      You guessed wrong.. I am gainfully employ and am able to fly to China to the resort by the beach,,So you are not telling the truth.. you liar .... pants on fire .. lol
    9. The Real Truth posted on 07/22/2014 08:05 PM
      @dama Congratulations ... obviously you found a subsistence "job" where the ability to speak and write English isn't a prerequisite.

      Have a good time serving that coffee.
    10. Angry Bill posted on 07/23/2014 10:11 AM
      @Go to China Look around you. We already live in China, dude. Visit your local Walmart lately?

      The liberal policies will make us all WISH we were living in China.
  4. Gary Foerster posted on 07/22/2014 02:54 PM
    Mr. Duguid's comments are laughable at best....guess he hasn't paid an electric bill in Ontario in quite a while.
  5. Of course posted on 07/22/2014 02:55 PM
    Of course they want to come back after years of paying 25 cents an hour, while giving their executives outrageous wages and bonuses.
    Personally the executives should have been replaced with ones in China that would work for a thousand dollars a year.
  6. sarah posted on 07/22/2014 04:04 PM
    Why do Canadian markets make it so hard to bring new automobiles onto the market? We want the new technology and new companies.
    1. Step 1 posted on 07/22/2014 04:08 PM
      @sarah Step 1: Elect a provincial government who understands that business exists to make a profit, and will never create any jobs in a place which makes that difficult.

      Step 2: Deal with the unions and their culture of "We're entitled to everything we demand, because we demand it!" which killed Detroit and are killing Ontario.
    2. lol lol posted on 07/22/2014 04:56 PM
      @Step 1 lol lol ...good one!
    3. Ultimate Truth posted on 07/22/2014 05:36 PM
      @Step 1 Truth be known:
      1. It's a federal f*ck up - not a provincial one
      2. The "union" wages amount to only 8% of the cost of an automobile.
  7. Herry posted on 07/22/2014 04:35 PM
    Since harper's been running the show in this country, crime has skyrocketed ! Greedy corporations are taking their stuff offshore. The corruption party keeps cutting jobs. WE'RE COMING AFTER YOU NEXT HARPER, YOU EFFING PIG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Ernie posted on 07/22/2014 05:09 PM
    This story and many of the comments posted is a huge laugh !

    Who exactly paid KPMG to do the study and that may tell you whos bias is in it.

    For manufacturing to return to 2002 levels ( near peak in Ontario ) we need:

    A). A very very weak canadian dollar..sun 70 cents. today its at 93 cents. to make manufacturing viable in Ontario, at least 90% of what is produced must be exported to the USA. since Americans buy from us in US $ and companies report earnings in CDN $ and our standard of living costs more in Canada, the low dollar is the only way to may a profitable sale. However, the dollar is NOT dropping in the foreseeable future because to do so the Bank of Canada must lower interest rates, or turn on the printing presses. Not a fuckin chance either is gonna happen, In addition, Harper has promoted the oil industry so much that the currency market sees our dollar now as an oil based dollar. so its artificially high in order to give Canadian Oil producers less Canadian dollars for each Barrel purchased. ( Since its sold in US $ and oil producers exchange funds to pay workers.. Hence have less CDN $..

    B). Our cost of living is higher in Ontario than in most other jurisdictions. High hydro, high gas prices ( tax), high minimum wage, higher taxes, higher cost of food, and purchased goods, and outrageously high union contracts.

    C). Ontario is just as close to Ohio as Tennessee. But There is no international border for Tennessee, wages are lower, and people are willing to work.

    I am not anti Ontario, but I am anti government policy of any type that puts road blocks on our competitiveness. Business does deserve a reasonable profit to operate in Ontario, but the deck is currently stacked against them and no KPMG report can white wash that truth.
    1. dama posted on 07/22/2014 05:35 PM
      @Ernie I recommend that GO TO CHINA read your post ..

      btw.. good one..
    2. Ultimate Truth posted on 07/22/2014 05:38 PM
      @Ernie So many words - so little of substance.
    3. Jump on posted on 07/22/2014 05:56 PM
      @Ernie Jump on your roller coaster spiral downward with all the other states that are giving up everything so the wealthy can become wealthier.

      See you on the ground!
    4. Looks like posted on 07/22/2014 05:58 PM
      @dama Looks like you haven't left yet?
      Why not?
    5. dama posted on 07/22/2014 06:47 PM
      @Looks like ahhh Go To China disguised using another name... people like you are more scare for their keep on changing their name posting rubbish..

      Contribute to the article at hand.. if you are intelligent enough..

      Like I told you earlier.. I am already in China enjoying the resort by the beach and having Peking Duck..
    6. Enjoy the resort posted on 07/22/2014 07:05 PM
      @dama Enjoy the resort as a visitor but you would never elect to work there or bring a family up. That's why they are coming here.
      Life is so good in slave labour land eh?
    7. Ernie posted on 07/23/2014 12:38 AM
      @Ultimate Truth I should have known that as someone who has worked in manufacturing for over 35 years, truth would go over your head !
    8. Ernie posted on 07/23/2014 12:42 AM
      @Jump on So what are you saying? You want a high dollar so you too can be permanently unemployed? What good is that cheap vacation to Florida if you don't have a job to put food on the table?

      Or are you saying, who cares about the manufacturing sector and your prepared to throw it all away?

      In 2006, 1 in 5 jobs in Ontario was in the manufacturing sector. Today it is 1 in 9. And those who left the sector have left $20.00 / hour jobs in favour or $12 / hour jobs.
  9. Message to all posted on 07/22/2014 06:26 PM
    Message to all you business people who want to take advantage of slave labour wages and blame Canadians for moving.

    'If you don't believe your country, should come before yourself,
    You can better serve your country, by living somewhere else!" Stompin, Tom
    1. Ernie posted on 07/23/2014 12:48 AM
      @Message to all Its not that manufacturing wants slave labour wages, its simply that you cannot sell your product today unless you are paying slave labour wages. This is the impact of a high Canadian $ and a open trade policy with China.

      The problem with your thinking is that you believe a manufacturer can sell a product for any price he wants. The fact of the matter is that a purchaser (i.e. customer) will only pay what they think the market value is. Market value is currently distorted by low Chinese imports and by a high Canadian $. You cant force people to buy from your company at any price.

      Your way of thinking is exactly how the public sector thinks.
  10. of posted on 07/22/2014 07:14 PM of slave labour wages, no environmental legislation, no health and safety rules and what do you get? The ideal business environment and good flowing freely?

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    "A Halton woman is urging residents to be careful what they feed their pets following the recent death of her beloved eight-year-old dog Jessy..."
    1. From the same posted on 07/22/2014 07:18 PM of From the same article
      According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA's) website, since 2007 the governing body has become aware of an increase in the number of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats from China.

      As of May 1, 2014, the group has received approximately 4,800 complaints related to this matter involving 5,600 dogs, 24 cats and three people. The complaints also included 1,000 canine deaths.

      About 60 per cent of the reports involved gastrointestinal illness, and 30 per cent related to kidney or urinary issues, while the remaining 10 per cent involved a variety of other symptoms, including convulsions, tremors, hives, and skin irritation.
    2. Ernie posted on 07/23/2014 12:52 AM of As a former manufacturer for over 35 years I can tell you that I HATE CHINA - because it is destroying our Canadian way of life.

      But the reality is that to take China out of the picture, the USA and Canada must jointly re-introduce high duty on Chinese imports ) i.e. 25% +. The problem is, Jean Chretien - oh yeah another bleeding Liberal - signed Canada up to the GATT basically outlawing duties with China.

      Liberal thinkers believe that trade should be free for everyone - including the third world with lower living standards than ours.
    3. Ernie posted on 07/23/2014 12:55 AM
      @Ernie In addition, it was ANOTHER LIBEREAL - Bill Clinton in 2000 that eliminated the annual review of duties with China which opened the door from China to the USA.

      And another Liberal - President Obama will not introduce duties with China and trade restrictions - yet the Conservatives (Like Romney who for some reason Canadian hated) wanted free trade with China stopped.
    4. So the lesson posted on 07/23/2014 05:40 AM
      @Ernie So the lesson from you is vote Liberal if you want business to grow and prosper.
      You had better tell the business community also since they have it all wrong.
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