• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Stakes its Claim to Compete for Future Auto Sector Investments

GUELPH – The Ontario government has released the next phase of its Auto Strategy to secure production mandates for hybrid and electric vehicles, to create a domestic battery ecosystem, and position Ontario as a North American automotive innovation hub. At Linamar in Guelph, Premier Doug Ford and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, unveiled the province’s commitment to the future of Ontario’s auto sector in Phase 2 of Driving Prosperity ― The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector. Following the release of the first phase of the plan in 2019, this second phase will strengthen Ontario’s auto industry and make the province more competitive for new investments. New Initiatives in Phase 2 respond to the global demand for electric vehicles and will support domestic parts producers, workers, and innovators across the province. “Our government has a plan to unleash Ontario’s economic potential as we build up home-grown supply chains for electric vehicles and battery manufacturing,” said Premier Doug Ford. “This plan makes clear that Ontario is a world-leading partner in creating the best vehicles with the best labour force and clean energy. With this next phase of Driving Prosperity, we’re telling the world: we want your businesses!” Phase 1 of Driving Prosperity had three action pillars: competitive business climate, innovation, and talent. Phase 2 builds on the successes of the government’s partnership with the industry through Phase 1 and positions Ontario as a North American leader in developing and building the vehicle of the future through emerging technologies and advanced manufacturing processes. Driving Prosperity Phase 2 is anchored by the objective to maintain and grow Ontario’s auto sector by building at least 400,000 electric and hybrid vehicles by 2030. The province will partner with the auto sector to achieve four goals: