McGuinty Government Welcomes 1,500 New Jobs
New Apotex Pharmaceutical Facilities A "Vote Of Confidence" In Ontario
TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today celebrated the official opening of four new Apotex pharmaceutical facilities in Ontario. The facilities represent the largest pharmaceutical investment in Canadian history and create 1,500 new jobs.
"This is a great day for our province, a vote of confidence in the people of Ontario," said Premier McGuinty as he attended the official opening of the new facility in Etobicoke. "This major investment dovetails beautifully with our plan for Ontario because it's an investment in our people's skills, our people's prosperity and our people's health. It will help ensure Ontario is the place to be for years to come."
Apotex is the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company in Ontario. It employs more than 5,000 people in facilities across the province. The four new facilities are located in North York, Etobicoke and Richmond Hill.
"The Ontario government has created a positive business environment for companies like ours to operate and expand," said Jack Kay, president and chief operating officer of Apotex. "Premier McGuinty is investing in people and taking the long view. With this investment, Apotex is taking the same approach."
The four new state-of-the-art facilities will ensure that:
- The workforce at Apotex is trained in the latest approaches and technologies
- The company continues to invest in research and development
- The company can develop new products that contribute to the health and well-being of Ontarians.
"We are thrilled with this approach because it supports our plan to strengthen Ontario's greatest competitive advantage: its people," said Premier McGuinty.
The government's plan to improve education and skills includes smaller class sizes in the early grades, 7,000 new apprenticeships and enhanced student aid to 50,000 university and college students.
The government's plan to ensure prosperity includes the investment of
$1.8 billion over four years to support the research, development and commercialization of new ideas through Ontario universities, colleges, hospitals and research institutes.
The government's plan to improve the health of Ontarians includes the expansion of key procedures such as MRIs and hip and knee replacements, home care for an additional 95,000 Ontarians, and higher standards for long-term care.
"Working with companies like Apotex, who are making major investments in Ontario, we can build a quality of life that's second to none," said Premier McGuinty.
"As Premier, I want to thank Apotex for choosing Ontario and helping to ensure it's the place to be well into the future."