LILLEY: Ford government unveils auto strategy details Wednesday
As Ontario’s auto industry hangs in the balance due to protectionist measures in the United States, the Ford government in Ontario is set to unveil the latest phase of its auto strategy.
The plan bets heavy on making Ontario a hub of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing as the industry moves in that direction and governments around the world mandate the use of EVs.
Premier Doug Ford will join Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli in Guelph Wednesday to make the announcement at auto parts maker Linamar.
Dubbed “Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector,” phase 2 of the plan lays out the ambitious goal of having 400,000 electric and hybrid vehicles built in Ontario by 2030.
Every automaker present in Canada is committed to future electric vehicle production. Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, said he welcomes the Ford government’s announcement.
“The plan is thoughtful and realistic and while it challenges the industry with targets, those targets are real,” Volpe said.
Phase 2 of the plan will also put a focus on something Premier Doug Ford has been pushing in public for more than a year: making sure Ontario is a centre for not only mining the materials for electric vehicle batteries but making them here.
Ontario not only has the manufacturing capacity, but also many of the minerals used in electric vehicle batteries can be mined in northern Ontario. The strategy being announced Wednesday seeks to establish a supply chain system between mines in northern Ontario and manufacturing facilities in southern Ontario.