The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have become increasingly concerned that the federal government’s response to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is moving too slowly and is not doing enough to prevent investment from flowing into the US.
Meeting in Winnipeg this week, CME’s top managerial staff sounded the caution that on the off chance that quick move isn’t made to stem the channel of speculation out of Canada, we will miss a significant window to put resources into a net zero future that will keep up with basic assembling tasks in Canada.
“Canadian makers were feeling significantly better when the Government Financial plan reported measures to neutralize the worthwhile motivations tracked down in the IRA and trusted that keeping creation in Canada” said Dennis Darby, President and Chief of CME would be sufficient.” ” However, the rollout has been sluggish, we are still waiting to learn which investments are eligible for tax credits, and the most concerning aspect is that the incentives on offer are still too limited and inferior to those in the United States. Darby added.
CME acknowledges that stakeholders are currently being consulted by the federal government regarding the structure of the IRA response measures in Budget 2023. Even though this is a significant step, the government could show that it is committed to elements that are essential to sustaining investment in Canada and that it is aware that it will formally recognize in final regulations to allay concerns.
For months, the industry has been providing direct feedback to government officials. Now that we know where the gaps are, we are urging the government to act quickly to fix them all. Darby came to the conclusion that the manufacturing sector and the economy simply cannot afford to miss this opportunity.