The immediate workload and skills shortage, which has become worse with the COVID 19 pandemic, accounts for 80% of the new study’s Canadian manufacturers.

A survey by Canadian manufacturers and exporters of 563 companies in 19 sectors on Thursday showed that skilled workers have been rising steadily for years. Still, the situation is being rendered even more worrying by COWID-19 government relief, health issues and family obligations.

“Our skills gap that existed before the pandemic was just exacerbated by the pandemic, and we need to make sure that everybody is working toward getting that next generation of workers in the sector,” says Dennis Darby, President of CME.

In 2018, 70% of manufacturers had a job and capability shortage, up from 40 per% in 2016 their organization, which comprises more than 2,500 companies throughout the world. The CME claims that Canadians’ government funding will discourage people from finding jobs in the manufacturing sector during the pandemic.

Darby said a national nursery and more support programme would help women, immigrants, and transitional foreign workers reverse trends. We need to also have a considerable effort to get people from other sectors qualified to work for manufacturing whose jobs may have been displaced.

Fixing these issues is crucial because of the lack of skilled labour inhibits growth and restricts manufacturers’ capacity to develop and invest in technology. They will have to satisfy future needs and compete, Darby said.

The study also provides a summary of how the pandemic impacts producers. Many said that demand dropped simultaneously in the early weeks of the pandemic, and supply chain disorders grew. While 30% of manufacturers assume that they will meet this threshold by the end of this year, the production will return to February 2020’s pre-pandemic level.

Some 10% of the manufacturers surveyed claim that they are overly pessimistic about their market prospects, including 5% that predict their profits will never fully recover. Darby said the recovery has looked different around the industry since production affects many other sectors and sites. The supply chains have, in many cases, yet to recover fully. In many cases, they have operated in industries such as food and consumer goods in the world as many such parts or ingredients are found or manufactured in North America, and the supply shifts have flattened. Alberta faces the worst pandemic due to its effects on the oil and gas market. Still, the demand for goods also decreased in areas in south-western Ontario or Quebec.


Deschamps, T. (2020, December 01). Eight in 10 Canadian manufacturers face skills shortage: Report. Retrieved December 03, 2020, from