Invest In Training. Manufacture Success

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is a delivery partner of the Canada-BC Job Grant. The organization will help facilitate applications for funding for training initiatives that start prior to March 31st, 2015 and end within a 52 week period after the start date.

Companies report that people are their biggest asset. The Canada B.C Job Grant (CJG) initiative is designed to encourage employers to invest in training, develop workforce skills, and improve competitiveness. We are reaching out to organizations with training needs to take advantage of this funding pool.

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters are providing the following services:

  • Identifying organizational and/or individual training needs and developing training plans
  • Sourcing training options
  • Organizing group-based training
  • Providing information and/or advice on the Canada B.C. Job Grant program and eligibility
  • Assisting with application completion and submission


The CJG, funded by the Government of Canada and administered by the Province of BC, is an innovative cost-sharing program that helps BC employers offset the cost of training for new or current employees by sharing the cost of employee training. Employers can receive up to two-thirds of the cost of training to a maximum government contribution of $10,000 per grant. The amount of the grant is per individual to be trained. Employers must contribute the remaining one-third. Currently, there are no limits on the number of grants an employer can receive.

Employers are responsible for the full cost of the training upfront. The employer will be reimbursed 2/3 of the cost of training within 60 days of the first day of training (provided the employer has submitted the Reimbursement Request form).

The process to apply for this program has three steps and all documents are included in the one package:

  • Eligibility Checklist
  • Preliminary Employer Application
  • Preliminary Participant Application

CME will provide these forms and help your company complete them. All forms must be fully completed and signed before they can be submitted for approval.

Please feel free to visit the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters website to view some of the available training options for the CJG. If you have any questions regarding the program or would like to discuss your training plan, please contact CJG by email at or by telephone at 1-604-713-7808.

Acklands-Grainger’s The Works Conference Was A Big Success

Canada’s leading distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, Acklands-Grainger, hosted its annual blockbuster conference – The Works – in Vancouver February 4 and 5*.

The show, Canada’s largest maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and safety show, was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

*For photos with Trevor Linden taken at BC SafetyCharter booth simply click here.

More than 4,000 businesses, manufacturers of MRO products and Acklands-Grainger team members came together to put on the show.  Attendess heard the latest on product innovation and industry trends, and learned about strategies for reducing operating costs and enhancing productivity.

“Acklands-Grainger partners with customers to provide strategic, operational, product and safety support that helps them save time and money,” said Dean Johnson, President of Acklands-Grainger. “This event brings to life our commitment to customers through sharing, showcasing and learning. It is our opportunity to enhance our partnerships with industry leaders, suppliers, customers and team members.”

A highlight of this year’s show was a 9,000 sq. ft. factory-themed pavilion which showcased nearly 500 different products and illustrated how businesses across the country can leverage eCommerce capabilities and inventory management solutions to save time and money in buying and managing their MRO purchases.

In addition to the pavilion and product expo, the company hosted a variety of seminars to share information and industry best practices in areas related to effectively managing MRO costs, creating a world-class safety culture and driving business performance through sustainability efforts.

About Acklands-Grainger Inc.

Founded in 1889, Acklands-Grainger is Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety, and fastener products, with over 350,000 products available from 173 branches and six distribution centres coast to coast to coast. For more information about Acklands-Grainger, please visit .

About Grainger

Its parent company, W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2014 sales of $10.0 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations also in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Knight Signs Receives OSSE Certification

After completing their certification in 2014, Knight Signs, of Delta received their OSSE certificate on Thursday, Jan 29.

The company will be receiving two awards at the OSSE Awards Gala on April 29.

  • OSSE Award
  • Pinnacle Award

The OSSE Pinnacle Awards honour companies which go far above and beyond legal and regulatory health and safety requirements.

These trailblazers have not only achieved OSSE Certification, but have committed to the principles of the BC Safety Charter by becoming signatories.

Knight Signs has been serving retail commercial, construction and institutional clients with handcrafted exterior, interior, and custom architectural signage since 1968.

According to the company website, “We’ve designed, produced and delivered signage solutions for clients in every business, industry and public sector since Knight Signs opened for business in 1968.

“One of our first projects was a new sign for Mother Hubbard’s Bakery on West Broadway in Vancouver.

“From that small, local sign company, we’ve grown into an industry leader serving retail, hospitality, commercial, construction and institutional clients across Canada. Our head office and manufacturing plant in Delta, BC now have more than 75 employees as well as two busy regional offices in Calgary and Toronto and a new manufacturing facility in Mississauga.

“Knight Signs’ designers, client service and project managers, fabricators and installers stay ahead of the newest technologies, advanced manufacturing techniques, new materials and production innovations.

“We’re continually discovering new ways to create better products and we’re proud to deliver signage solutions for our clients right across Canada.

“We create signs that impact, inspire action and connect our clients’ brands with their most important customers.”

Vanga Products Receives OSSE Certification

Vanga Products (a division of Alpha Packaging) received its OSSE certification in 2014 and is one of the companies which will be honoured at the 2015 OSSE Awards Gala to be held in Burnaby on April 29.

The company was presented with their certificate by FIOSA-MIOSA on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

In 1974, a tool and die maker by the name of Gerry VanGaalen established Vanga Products, a mold production shop dedicated to supplying plastic containers to customers in Western Canada. After more than three decades of continual growth and innovation, Vanga now manufactures 82 million plastic containers per year for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical household chemical and food markets throughout North America.

Company Background

In 2007 Vanga Products moved into a brand new 60,000 square foot facility, including a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot manufacturing area, they have become the bottle manufacturer of choice for customers looking for the best in quality, service and pricing.

In 2012 Vanga Products was purchased by Alpha Packaging becoming the 9th manufacturing plant within the Alpha group in North America.  Shortly after the purchase, more warehouse space was added for a new total of 100,000 square feet.

Customers can be assured that we have faithfully maintained our ability to be fast and flexible, regardless of order volumes, custom needs, or time sensitive requests.  “Our commitment to quality is second to none. We guarantee that we produce only the highest quality bottles.  We strive for quality in everything we do and throughout every facet of the manufacturing process. Be assured that we use only the highest quality resins, we strictly adhere to cGMP standards and we are Drug Master certified for Canada and the US.”

Special recognition must go to Karen Streed who was instrumental in developing Vanga’s Safety program and in leading the team in their efforts to accomplish the OSSE goal.


OSSE is BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. Using a ‘best practices’ approach, in cooperation with WorkSafeBC, FIOSA-MIOSA is proud to offer significant financial rewards for successful completion of the OSSE Journey.

The program promotes equally the concept of managing health and safety with other components necessary for a successful business such as profitability and productivity.