The industry is in a “critical” period and has to do more to stay competitive, says the chair of the Canadian Textile Board, an industry body.
The Canadian Textiles Institute (CTI) is calling for tighter regulation and greater transparency to help boost the sector’s recovery, but it is worried the government’s recent announcement that it would allow Canada’s big four to bid on government contracts was a step too far.
“They’re not going to put in a competitive bid,” says the CTI’s chief executive officer, Mark Moxon.
“That’s not how it works.”
In a wide-ranging interview with The Globe and Mail, Mr. Moxonsays Canada’s textiles sector is in “critical,” “critical, critical” straits.
The CTI is pushing for tighter regulations and more transparency, saying it wants to see a clearer path forward. “
We have a massive shortage of raw materials and a huge shortage of labour,” he says.
The CTI is pushing for tighter regulations and more transparency, saying it wants to see a clearer path forward.
“The government has a duty to ensure that we’re not taking the right approach and the right decisions that are not in the best interest of the industry,” Mr. Burt said in an interview.
“I believe that the industry is not in a position to survive on its own.
It needs to be supported by the government, supported by our industry and supported by other members of the government.”
Mr. Mack said the industry’s main focus in 2017 would be on the construction of new factories and laying off staff to meet growing demand for finished goods.
But he said it would be challenging to achieve this, given the uncertainty around the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“There is no doubt that there is a lack of clarity around what’s going to happen with the Olympics, but that’s not to say there aren’t opportunities to find new and innovative ways of working,” Mr