In the last decade the traditional “engine” of Ontario’s economy, the manufacturing industry, has faced enormous challenges to its’ continuing viability. Factors such as rising labour, transportation and energy costs, high corporate taxes and government burdens (e.g. WSIB premiums, employer health tax, etc.) and the changing value in the “loonie” have all had an impact. Many manufacturers have struggled just to survive in this environment and many others, unfortunately, have not managed to do so. The good news is that, although the manufacturing industry in Ontario appears to be in transition, the long-term prospect of a stable manufacturing base producing highly specialized products appears strong.
Throughout this difficult period of change for manufacturers, the team at CCPartners has been there to assist. We have helped employers navigate through critical corporate reorganizations and labour negotiations. We have identified solutions to reduce labour costs and preserve business viability, including such measures as wage and benefits restructuring, job-sharing, voluntary separation/retirement offers and the use of temporary personnel. We have also advised and represented manufacturers on all manner of labour and employment law issues arising from plant closures and relocations.
For those manufacturers who are continuing to produce successfully in Ontario, we regularly assist management with maintaining positive employee relations and workplace environments that are well-managed, productive and safe. We also regularly advise and represent manufacturers on a full range of labour and employment law services, from drafting initial offer letters or employment contracts to litigating wrongful dismissal claims or discharge grievances and everything in between. Whether you are a family-owned shop with five (5) employees or a multi-national corporation with five thousand (5000), we are able to assist you with your unique workplace issues.
Clients we have provided services to in this industry:
- Automobile Manufacturers
- Automotive Parts Suppliers
- Metal Refiners
- Metal Fabricators
- Plastics Manufacturers
- Paper and Printing
- Food and Beverage Manufacturers
- Building Materials Producers