Securing Thousands of Auto Manufacturing Jobs
Toyota Chooses Ontario as the Manufacturing Hub for its RAV4
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today a major new investment to help secure more than 8,000 Toyota automotive manufacturing jobs in Ontario and strengthen the province's long-term global competitiveness during this period of economic uncertainty.
Premier Wynne was joined by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, at Toyota's assembly plant in Cambridge to highlight how this new funding will boost the competitiveness of Toyota's Cambridge and Woodstock operations, as well as support the long-term viability of automotive production in Ontario.
Ontario's $110 million investment, matched by the federal government, is part of an overall investment valued at $1.4 billion. It will help establish Cambridge and Woodstock as Toyota's North American manufacturing hub for the RAV4, including hybrid versions. Manufacturing the RAV4 is a complex, labour-intensive process that Toyota projects will support more than 8,000 existing jobs and add 450 new jobs. As a result of this investment, Toyota's Ontario manufacturing operation will become the leading hybrid SUV producer within North America.
This partnership will also:
- Retool the company's Ontario operations to build vehicles using Toyota's New Global Architecture, which will make dramatic improvements in the performance and competitiveness of the vehicle, as well as how it is engineered
- Support the pursuit of future production mandates for Ontario
- Support research and development, plus new automation technology in the paint and plastics shop
- Provide specialized worker training, including up to 1,000 co-op placements.
Toyota is the largest vehicle producer in Ontario and a cornerstone of the province's auto sector. This landmark investment — coming at a time of uncertainty in the North American auto industry — makes the Cambridge and Woodstock plants highly competitive among Toyota's global operations, supporting the long-term viability of vehicle production in Ontario.
Securing Ontario's automotive future is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario ranks first in Canada and third in North America in attracting greenfield foreign direct investment.
- Ontario is providing Toyota with a conditional grant of up to $110 million towards an overall investment valued at $1.4 billion. The Government of Canada is also providing matching funding towards the project.
- Vehicle assembly and auto parts production directly supports more than 100,000 jobs in Ontario, with hundreds of thousands more spin-off jobs across the province.
- More than 800,000 jobs have been created since the recessionary low, with almost 18,000 manufacturing jobs created in 2017.
- Budget 2018 commits — as part of the Good Jobs and Growth Plan — to renew, enhance and extend the Jobs and Prosperity Fund with an increase of $900 million over the next 10 years, for a total of $3.2 billion in support since 2014-15.
“Standing up for auto workers in Ontario is about making sure our province stays competitive during a time of rapid economic change, and building the kind of global partnerships that support long-term prosperity. That’s why I’m happy to be able to work with Toyota to make its Cambridge and Woodstock operations the manufacturing hub for its RAV4. This is a vote of confidence in our talented workforce, and our entire province.”
“Companies have confidence in Canada and Canadian workers, and know that we are ready to build the cars of the future. Today’s investment will create hundreds of jobs for Canadians, and keep our auto sector globally competitive and at the centre of the growing demand for hybrid cars. We welcome Toyota’s decision to expand their presence in Canada and invest in our highly skilled workforce. This is a smart decision that further establishes our country as the place where cars of the future are built.”
“Ontario has always been a great home for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. We benefit from investments in technology, innovation, and industry as well as the high-skilled workforce we’re fortunate to have as our team members. With our Ontario government partners, today we celebrate the results of our past 30 years of manufacturing in Canada, and continue on the path of building for our future.”