Joint Statement on Federal Innovation Supercluster Decision
Today, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, issued the following statement:
"This morning, the federal government announced that Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, led by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGM Canada), has qualified for up to $230 million under the Government of Canada's Innovation Superclusters Initiative. This is a truly exciting day for our province and we would like to thank the federal government for choosing southern Ontario to anchor the industry-led Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.
Ontario continues to be Canada's manufacturing heartland, accounting for almost half of our country's manufacturing GDP. At the same time, we have developed a thriving tech ecosystem. The Ottawa-Toronto-Kitchener/Waterloo innovation corridor employs more than 200,000 tech workers and is the home of some of world's best academic and research centres. Together, we have developed the critical mass and technology platforms to be a global leader in advanced manufacturing.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has been a champion for our province when it comes to building a culture of innovation, research excellence and entrepreneurship as we shift towards a knowledge- and innovation-based economy. Our government will continue to help build the innovation ecosystem that will be the foundation of the advanced manufacturing hub and help our province's manufacturers continue to be world leaders in the application of advanced technologies. Our recent investments in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, supercomputing, 5G networks and quantum technology are proof of that commitment.
We know that advanced manufacturing is critical not only for the Ontario economy, but the Canadian economy as well. In fact, 140 organizations wrote letters of support for the strategy, totaling $800M in cash and in-kind contributions to support this initiative. This Supercluster recognizes Ontario's traditional strength and further positions us to be a leader in the future of manufacturing. Ontario commends the Government of Canada for its support of this important sector, and we look forward to continued collaboration with NGM Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada in order to enhance Ontario's and Canada's innovation and competitiveness."