The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is a coalition of like-minded manufacturing industry associations with a common vision to promote a world-class manufacturing sector in British Columbia. Those with an interest in ensuring a strong manufacturing sector include businesses in the design, supply, material handling, fabrication and logistics areas; people-based organizations that train and develop skilled workers for high-paying jobs; and community-focused chambers of commerce and boards of trade that recognize the significant economic contribution to their cities derived from manufacturing, directly and indirectly.
The Alliance coordinates multiple stakeholders to act together on priority issues impacting the province’s manufacturers. The goal is to ensure all British Columbians continue to benefit from the economic growth, high-value outputs and high-paying jobs found across all types of manufacturing in the province.
The Alliance provides a common platform for its members to improve economies of scale and joint-efforts in project management, training, capacity building, corporate services support, and government / public relations.
The BC Alliance for Manufacturing welcomes five new member associations.
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), Canada’s largest manufacturing support organization, joins BC Alliance for Manufacturing. Through this partnership, EMC is helping manufacturers to lower costs, access greater opportunities to compete for business and improve efficiencies in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation.
The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is proud to welcome its newest member, the SkillSource BC organization.
The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is proud to welcome its newest member, the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), British Columbia Region.
Select leaders from BC's manufacturing community sit together on Industry Training Authority's new Manufacturing Sector Advisory Group to help government set priorities for skills training funding, aligning it with what the sector needs.
Business in Vancouver
B.C. manufacturing had another strong year in 2017, adding 14,000 new jobs since December 2016. Overall, the wide-ranging sector, which is the province’s second-largest employer behind construction, has increased job growth 13% since 2014. Marcus Ewert-Johns, president for the BC Alliance for Manufacturing, said the sector flies under the radar because of its diversity, which can include everything from aerospace technology and clothing apparel to plastics and petroleum.
Victoria Times Colonist
The Canadian dollar’s relative weakness to the U.S. greenback should have B.C. manufacturers in a stronger position than they currently are, according to the chairman of the B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing.
Refugees introduced to employers thanks to an eight-week training program run by B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing, which pairs trainees with Canadian companies. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, the course has helped almost 100 refugees prepare for Canadian workplaces and find jobs across B.C.
“Manufacturing is dead.” “Manufacturing is ‘dirty’ and doesn’t align with our shift toward increased environmental sustainability.” “Manufacturing positions are low-paying, and haven’t we shipped these jobs abroad already?” These are comments we hear all too often. However, in truth, it is difficult to overstate the importance of the manufacturing industry for the B.C. economy. October marks the start of Manufacturing Month, and an occasion to recognize the critical role played by this industry. It is a pillar of our economy, thrives within our port city, and bolsters communities and families across the province.