McGuinty Government's Auto Investments Deliver High-Paying Jobs For Windsor
Automotive Investment Strategy Supports New Minivan Production At Chrysler
The launch today of two new minivans at Chrysler's Windsor assembly plant shows that Ontario workers have the skills and know-how to compete with the world and win new investments for the province's auto industry, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Our auto investment strategy makes the most of the skills and know-how of Ontario's workers and Chrysler's investment shows that this approach is delivering the best jobs at the highest pay," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government is working with the auto sector so the next generation of vehicles will be researched, developed and built in Ontario."
Chrysler has invested more than $600 million in its Windsor assembly operations that build the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica. The investment was part of a $768 million package for the company's Windsor and Brampton plants and the company's Automotive Research and Development Centre -- a partnership with the University of Windsor. Ontario's Automotive Investment Strategy provided $76.8 million. This investment helped retain Windsor's status as the flagship minivan plant for Chrysler.
The Chrysler investment will support innovation and skills development by:
- Increasing manufacturing flexibility and using new technology at the Windsor plant
- Transforming paint shop operations with new environmental technologies
- Creating the Automotive Research and Development Centre, a partnership between Chrysler and the University of Windsor
- Training workers in advanced manufacturing at the company's Brampton facility.
"Having a Premier who believes in and understands Ontario's auto industry is bringing results -- we've been the top North American vehicle-producing jurisdiction for three years straight," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
"These new minivans, together with our flexible assembly line and environmentally advanced paint shop, illustrate the future for our company," said Chrysler Canada President and CEO Reid Bigland. "Today's announcement is the result of a productive partnership between Chrysler, our employees and government to make Ontario the place where we build leading products for our customers."
"I'm proud of the efforts by the McGuinty government to work directly with automakers and autoworkers to ensure this industry thrives in Ontario for decades to come," said Dwight Duncan, MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh.
Today's announcement is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians are achieving results for Ontario's manufacturing industry. Other initiatives include:
- A new $650-million Next Generation Jobs Fund that will leverage investments in green technologies to help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change
- The Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy that has leveraged more than $7 billion in new investments and anchored thousands of high-value jobs and
- The Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy that promotes the use of leading-edge technologies and processes, generating more than $500 million in new investment and supporting the creation or retention of more than 3,500 jobs.
"The auto sector is a key pillar of Ontario's economy -- and the skills, productivity and hard work of our people are making Ontario proud and strong," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government will continue making the investments in skills and innovation that will keep Ontario on top. Together, we can create the jobs that will provide families with a great quality of life."