Premier Committed to Supporting Ontario's Automotive Industry
Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today after meeting with leaders from Ontario's auto sector:
"Ontario's automotive industry is a vital economic engine and a global leader in manufacturing and innovation. Today, Minister Brad Duguid and I met with key auto industry leaders to discuss how we can continue to support growth in a changing global landscape.
Our province is built on our ability to trade and our economic success is linked directly to our strong business relationships with the U.S.
There is no other sector that benefits more from these relationships than the auto industry. A vehicle crosses North American borders an average of seven times before it is complete. Free trade allows that to happen. And in communities across Ontario, people are earning a good living and supporting their families with manufacturing jobs in the auto industry. Those jobs exist because of free trade.
I am absolutely committed to protecting Ontario's interests, defending our province's business relationship with the U.S. and creating more good jobs in a strong Ontario auto sector. We have the people, the technology and the drive to make sure that our auto industry continues to be a pillar of our province's economy.
Today we discussed how our government is also working closely with our federal partners and with our U.S. colleagues to sustain the unique and mutually beneficial relationship between Ontario and the U.S.
In the past five years, Ontario produced almost 15 per cent of North American cars. Our highly skilled workforce and our reputation as a hub for research and innovation make the province an attractive place to do business. We are working together with the industry to keep Ontario manufacturers at the forefront of evolving technology.
Today underscored the key role the auto industry plays in our province's continued success. Minister Duguid and I look forward to working with auto leaders to create more jobs and growth in the industry and in Ontario's economy."