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Ontario Puts Hybrid Vehicle Production Into High Gear

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| Posted January 23rd, 2013

Ontario Puts Hybrid Vehicle Production Into High Gear

McGuinty Government Investing In Clean Technology, Protecting Jobs

January 23, 2013 10:30 am ¦ Office of the Premier

Ontario is moving forward on its plan to become a world leader in clean energy and manufacturing, with a new investment in energy-efficient vehicles.

Premier Dalton McGuinty went to the Toyota plant in Cambridge to announce an investment of almost $16.9 million toward hybrid vehicle production. The investment will allow the plant to produce the Lexus RX450h hybrid and will create 400 new jobs.

Premier McGuinty also met with the team that will produce the new hybrid cars. He thanked the team, and Toyota, for their commitment to innovation in clean technology and for creating good jobs for Ontario families.

Ontario is providing the funding through its Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund. The Government of Canada is also contributing $16.9 million to the project. The investment will help sustain 7,000 jobs at Toyota and thousands more at parts companies across the province.

Quick Facts

• With this investment, Toyota’s Cambridge plant will produce an additional 26,000 Lexus vehicles, 15,000 of them hybrids.

• Ontario produces more cars than any other place in North America.

• The auto industry supports nearly 485,000 jobs across Ontario.

Quotes

"The auto industry is a cornerstone of Ontario manufacturing. Working together, this investment will ensure Ontario remains at the forefront of new technologies so our auto sector can continue providing hundreds of thousands of good, high-paying jobs for generations to come."

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

"Toyota is an essential part of Ontario’s auto industry, and a big reason why the province continues to be a leader in North America for vehicle assembly. The McGuinty government is delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Toyota and we thank the company for its ongoing confidence in Ontario and its auto workers."

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

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