Ford investment in Windsor to exceed $1.2 billion, create 800 jobs – Ontario News

Ford investment in Windsor to exceed $1.2 billion, create 800 jobs – Ontario News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets workers at the Ford Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, on March 30, 2017 before announcing a multi-million dollar investment.
Dan Janisse / The Windsor Star

Ford of Canada joined with the federal and provincial governments Thursday to announce a $1.2-billion investment in its Windsor operations along with others in Ottawa, Waterloo and Oakville.

The investment will create and maintain 800 jobs, according to a statement released by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.

The federal government will provide Ford of Canada with $102.4 million and Ontario will match that amount. The company will contribute $1 billion in research and development spending, which will “lead to the creation and maintenance of almost 800 good, middle-class jobs for Canadian workers,” the statement said.

The investments will also strengthen Ford of Canada’s research and development capacity at existing facilities, including the Powertrain Engineering Research and Development Centre in Windsor.

The funding will also help establish a new research and engineering centre in Ottawa, with additional locations in Waterloo and Oakville, which will focus on connectivity research and development across infotainment, in-vehicle modems, gateway modules, driver-assist features and self-driving cars.

“Today’s investments will help create and maintain almost 800 great jobs for Canadians in Windsor and across Ontario, while equipping Canadians with the skills they need to design and build the cars of the future,” Trudeau said in a statement. “This is about positioning Canada as a global centre for automotive innovation, creating better…

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