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Election 2021: New government must strengthen essential ‘Made in Canada’ manufacturing and foster innovation
Created on 9/21/2021 8:51:03 AM

September 21, 2021 (Mississauga, Ontario) – Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP) today congratulates Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on their electoral victory. We urge the new incoming government to prioritize correcting constraints impacting the health and long-term sustainability of the nation’s largest manufacturing sector.

FHCP polling released September 15 revealed that most Canadians (93%) agree on the importance of strengthening food and other essential products supply chains.  Voters believe the most effective government actions to impact the sector include forcing large grocery stores to reduce fines and fees charged to farmers and manufacturers, solving worker shortages, and reducing red tape. 

FHCP CEO Michael Graydon commented: 

“With COVID-19 disruptions having reemphasized the critical importance of food, health, and other essential products, Canada’s new government must urgently prioritize ‘Made in Canada’ manufacturing and support growth and innovation. 

As Canadians overwhelming support manufacturing as a priority, industry and government must seize the opportunity to address Canada’s high costs of doing business, attract investment, and ultimately strengthen our resilience and self-reliance in a post-pandemic economic recovery.”

In this election, FHCP received broad support from the majority of the political parties on our industry’s key priorities - competitiveness and innovation, Grocery Code, and National Self-Care Strategy. We look forward to working with all parliamentarians to strengthen the food, health and consumer products sector so Canadians can continue to access affordable everyday essential products and spur much-needed investment, innovation, jobs and growth.