Building electric vehicles in Canada to create jobs and a cleaner future for everyone

WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 17, 2023 /CNW/ – From mining, to manufacturing, to charging, Canadian businesses and workers are attracting historic investments in the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain. When electric vehicles are made from Canadian minerals, assembled by Canadian auto workers, and powered at Canadian-made chargers, we secure and create jobs, grow our economy, and keep our air clean now and into the future.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today visited the facilities of automaker Stellantis N.V. in Windsor, Ontario. Last year, the Government of Canada announced an investment of up to $529 million in project funding for Stellantis, securing thousands of good-paying jobs, by funding the modernization of its assembly plants and producing EVs. These collaborative investments in the Canadian auto sector are strengthening global EV supply chains and positioning Canada as a global leader in EV innovation.

While in Windsor, the Prime Minister also visited the Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy (CHARGE) Lab at the University of Windsor to discuss their research and development centre for EV batteries, which further supports the development of made-in-Canada EV batteries.

Canadian workers and businesses are already leading on clean energy and technology, and the components that go into it. As demand continues to grow, positioning Canada as a reliable supplier will create even more Canadian jobs, grow our economy, and cut pollution to help fight climate change.

“For decades, Canadian autoworkers have been part of building a strong Canadian economy – now, they’re leading the way to make sure that stays true for decades more to come. We’ll stand with workers every step of the way. By making Canada a global leader on electric vehicles, including manufacturing, we secure jobs, grow our economy, and keep our air clean for our kids.”
— The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“As more and more Canadians move to electric vehicles, we’re working hard to make sure they’re built right here in Canada. Thanks to our strong partnership with Stellantis, Canada is cementing its position as a global leader in the EV supply chain. This means good jobs for Canadian workers, a cleaner future, and a stronger and more resilient economy.”
— The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Quick Facts

  • Today’s visit comes on the second day of the Prime Minister’s tour to highlight Canada’s strong electric vehicle supply chain, from mining to manufacturing. Yesterday, the Prime Minister met with workers at the Saskatoon facility of Vital Metals, Canada’s first rare earths producer, to highlight Canadian leadership in the building blocks – critical minerals – of clean technology.
  • Last year, the Government of Canada welcomed a major investment of over $5 billion from Stellantis and LG Energy Solution, one of the leading battery manufacturing companies in the world, to create a joint venture for the manufacturing of EV batteries in Canada. Through this joint venture, a new facility would be built in Windsor, Ontario to supply Stellantis plants in Windsor and across North America. The facility aims to be operational by 2025.
  • Last month, the Government of Canada published proposed regulations that set zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) sales targets for manufacturers and importers of new passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks. The regulations will require that at least 20 per cent of new vehicles sold in Canada will be zero emission by 2026, at least 60 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2035. These targets will help increase supply for more Canadians to be able to buy ZEVs. 
  • To help more Canadians purchase a ZEV, the government is investing $1.7 billion to extend the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program until March 2025, and expand the types of vehicles eligible under the program, to include more vans, trucks, and SUVs. The program provides up to $5,000 off the purchase or lease of a ZEV. To date, over 185,160 incentives have been provided to Canadians and businesses.
  • The auto sector in Canada supports nearly 500,000 workers, contributes $16 billion annually to our gross domestic product, and is one of the country’s largest export industries.

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