On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the facilities of automaker Stellantis N.V. in Windsor, Ontario. He also stopped by 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.
“For decades, Canadian auto workers 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,” said Trudeau. “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 visits were presumably in support of last year’s Government of Canada investment of up to $529 million in project funding for Stellantis, in the goal of “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 aimed at strengthening global EV supply chains and positioning Canada as a global leader in EV innovation.
According to the government press release, “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”.
“As more and more Canadians move to electric vehicles, we’re working hard to make sure they’re built right here in Canada,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “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.”