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Ontario And Ford Partner For Success

McGuinty Government Helps Save 300 Windsor Jobs

Office of the Premier

Autoworkers in Windsor will be back on the job at Ford Motor Company's Essex Engine Plant, thanks to a partnership between the Ontario government and Ford.

Ontario is providing $17 million to support Ford's $170-million investment in a new engine program in Windsor, paving the way for about 300 workers to return to their jobs

Strengthening key industry partnerships, like the one with Ford, is part of Ontario's five-point plan to build a stronger economy. The government's Budget, released last week, also outlined investments in skills training and infrastructure, plans to lower business costs and support for innovation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s auto and assembly industry employs about 130,000 people.
  • Six of the world’s largest automakers build cars and trucks in Ontario.
  • Over 90 per cent of Canada’s total auto industry is based in Ontario.

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“Thanks to Ford, workers can return to the jobs they take pride in. This is great news for Windsor families.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Today marks a big win for Ford, for Ontario and, most importantly, for the hardworking people of Windsor.”

Sandra Pupatello

Minister of Economic Development and Trade



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