The Ford plant in Oakville, Ontario

Ontario’s automotive industry has seen a surge of investment this past month with three major players making sizable commitments to the province’s manufacturing sector.

At the start of October, automotive giant Ford, along with the governments of Ontario and Canada, announced a $1.8-billion deal to re-model the Oakville assembly plant to begin production of five new electric vehicle models. Each arm of government is contributing $295 million to the project to help ensure the province remains a leader in automotive production and innovation.

Not to be outdone, weeks later, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) announced it will invest $1.5 billion over three years to upgrade its assembly plant in Windsor to build electric vehicles. In addition, FCA’s Brampton assembly plant will also see a $50-million investment, which will allow additional models to be produced at that factory.

The Fiat Chrysler plant in Brampton, Ontario

Finally, General Motors recently announced its triumphant return to Oshawa as part of a $1.3-billion deal beginning in 2021. The agreement will re-open the assembly plant, with a new line dedicated to producing pick-up trucks – the first of which is expected to roll off the line in 2022. This will be the only GM plant across the globe with the ability to build heavy duty and light duty trucks. In early 2021, GM also announced it would invest $1 billion in its CAMI plant in Ingersoll to produce its BrightDrop all-electric delivery van, which will become the first all-electric vehicle produced by a mainstream automaker in the country. Production of the new electric vehicles is expected to begin in 2022.

The GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario

Each of the respective announcements are welcome news to the province, aiding in the economic recovery efforts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also cementing Ontario’s position as a global leader in automotive manufacturing and green transportation.

The province has always been at the forefront of the automotive industry, with over 100,000 employees and five global OEMs building the next generation of vehicles.

Boasting expertise in artificial intelligence, connectivity, cybersecurity, and quantum computing, more than 250 companies in Ontario are now actively involved in connected and autonomous vehicle development and smart mobility.

With a high-quality workforce, strategic access to the North American market, a dynamic environment for R&D and a culture of high-quality, award-winning manufacturing there has never been a better time to think Ontario. These advantages and more are part of the reason we’ve been one of the leading subnational car producers in North America for the past decade.

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