New Brampton Facility will Support Over 600 Jobs and Boost Public Transit
Ontario Partners with Alstom to Assemble Light Rail Vehicles for Peel and GTHA
Ontario is supporting over 600 jobs and delivering more public transit for communities in Peel Region and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) with the opening of a new assembly facility for light rail vehicles (LRVs) in Brampton.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, was in Brampton today to announce the future home of Alstom's new LRV assembly facility. In May 2017, Ontario announced a contract with Alstom to provide 61 vehicles for light rail transit (LRT) projects in the GTHA, with an option to acquire an additional 44 vehicles.
The contract, which is worth $528 million, will create between 100 and 120 full-time jobs in the new Alstom facility in Brampton, and support an additional 400 to 500 spinoff jobs. It will ensure that Metrolinx has the high-quality vehicles needed to open its LRT projects in the GTHA on time.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario added 10,600 jobs in March. Since the recession in 2008, Ontario has gained more than 800,000 new jobs, and currently has the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years. Last year, 500 new jobs were created, on average, each day.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested about $16 billion in priority rapid transit projects in the GTHA, including $1.4 billion for the Hurontario LRT and $8.4 billion for rapid transit projects in the City of Toronto such as the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the Finch West LRT.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
“The new Alstom assembly plant will create jobs in Brampton and enable the growth of public transit across the GTHA and Peel. This new facility will supply state-of-the-art light rail vehicles that are crucial elements of the transit system and part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history.”
Steven Del Duca
“The Alstom facility will ensure that Ontario has the vehicles we need so that our LRT projects across the GTHA begin service on schedule. High-quality rapid transit is an essential part of our government’s plan to connect people across this region with jobs and opportunities and we are committed to delivering this much-needed service on time.”
“This project is great news for Brampton, as it will support over 600 jobs. It’s a vote of confidence in the economic growth of our community and an important step in the development of rapid transit across the region.”
“Metrolinx is excited about Alstom’s new facility in Brampton and we look forward to the assembly of light rail vehicles to begin. Establishing the facility is a key progress milestone to delivering the Hurontario and Finch LRT projects for our customers.”
“Alstom is thrilled to announce today we are opening a second industrial site in Ontario for the production of our ‘made for North America’ Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle. This second facility confirms Alstom’s commitment to the ongoing transformation of the Canadian transportation landscape and the trust our clients have in the quality of our technology.”