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Ontario Automotive Industry Investments

Creating Jobs And Prosperity For Ontario Families

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The McGuinty government supports Ontario families who rely on a strong and vibrant auto sector by working to strengthen the competitiveness of the industry. The government is supporting innovation, high-value skills training, infrastructure, environmental technologies and energy efficiency.

This approach has now leveraged almost $7 billion in automotive investments and anchored thousands of long-term, high-value jobs. Ontario has been recognized internationally for its success in attracting foreign investment, particularly in the auto sector. Foreign Direct Investment magazine has selected Ontario as one of the best places in the world to invest because of its strong commitment to research and innovation.

Ford -- Ontario invested $100 million in Ford's $1-billion Oakville project to create its first Canadian flexible manufacturing facility and for a new research and development centre focusing on fuel cell technology.

General Motors -- Ontario invested $235 million to support GM's $2.5-billion Beacon Project, a multi-faceted investment that supports GM's vehicle design and manufacturing capabilities at plants in Oshawa, St. Catharines and at CAMI in Ingersoll.

Navistar -- A $270-million International Truck and Engine Corporation (Navistar) investment in Chatham and Windsor received Ontario investments of $32 million to support a new R&D Centre in cooperation with the University of Windsor, and skills training for workers at the Chatham truck assembly plant.

Toyota -- Toyota's $1.1-billion investment at Woodstock includes $70 million in provincial support for skills training and infrastructure. The new Toyota plant will bring at least 2,000 new high-value jobs to Ontario.

DaimlerChrysler -- Ontario is investing $76.8 million to help increase flexibility and put in place new technologies at the Windsor Assembly Plant, and invest in its Brampton facility through the company's $768 million commitment. Ontario's investment secures the operations at the Windsor and Brampton plants for the next decade.

Nemak -- Ontario's automotive industry plans include support for the auto parts sector. The government's $6-million investment supports Nemak's $100 million Windsor project to bring new technology to the engine production sector and expand its service to more engine families and companies.

Linamar -- Ontario's $44.5-million investment supports Linamar Corporation's $1.1-billion Ontario growth plan. The company will create 3,000 new high-value jobs and establish a Technology Centre in Guelph that will spur innovations across Linamar's operations here and abroad.

Honda -- Ontario is investing up to 10 per cent of the total project cost of a new fully integrated engine facility Honda is building in Alliston. The $154 million Honda investment creates 340 new high value jobs and expands the company's presence in Ontario.

Supporting Leading-Edge Manufacturing

The McGuinty government is working on the side of all of Ontario's advanced manufacturers. Ontario's $500-million Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy is a repayable loans program that helps companies create or adopt leading innovations in areas that boost their productivity and global competitiveness. The government expects to soon call for the second round of proposals to the program.



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