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Building Back Better by greening industry

Green recovery policies should accelerate the circular economy, electrify light industry and decarbonize heavy industry

The global pandemic has heightened our awareness of the vulnerability of international supply chains to interruptions and reminded us of the value of making, growing and building the things we need within Canada. It has also reminded us of how quickly industry can repurpose its know-how and production technologies to address an urgent need. Several Canadian manufacturers have stepped up to help deliver the protective equipment needed to curb the public health crisis. From vodka distilleries retooling to produce hand sanitizer to GM Canada using its production heft to build ventilators to hat-maker Tilley providing gowns and masks for hospital employees, we are seeing the benefit of local production capacity. Add to that the thousands of food-processing plants across the country keeping food on the shelves of our grocery stores.

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