Minister Tassi highlights how the Government of Canada is helping create jobs, growth and an economy that works for Canadians in Durham Region

News release

November 9, 2022 – Oshawa, Ontario 

When we invest in Canadians, we invest in a future that benefits everyone. The Government of Canada continues to make targeted investments to support affordability, create good jobs and grow an economy that will make Canada more sustainable and prosperous for generations to come.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), toured the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Ontario Tech University. With a $9.5-million investment from FedDev Ontario, ACE was able to improve the research capabilities at the facility, including the wind tunnel that is capable of simulating weather conditions like rain, freezing rain, light snow and blizzards, and the seven-metre, single belt moving ground plane that simulates the motion of the road. Through the project, 15 businesses were supported, five new partnerships/collaborations were formed, almost 100 jobs were created and maintained, and $5.5 million was leveraged.

The Minister, along with Ryan Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Whitby, then joined in a roundtable discussion with local businesses and organizations hosted by Ontario Tech University at the Brilliant Catalyst hub where they discussed how businesses in the region can be supported so they can realize their potential and help make Canada a leader in the industries of tomorrow. 


"We are committed to making smart investments that put people first and set local communities, like those in Durham region, up for success. By working with innovators like those at the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Ontario Tech University, we are helping to harness homegrown talent to create good jobs. Our government will continue working hand in hand with Canadians to build and strengthen local economies that work for everyone.”  
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Agency for Southern Ontario

Quick facts

  • Launching the new Canada Growth Fund will help bring Canada billions of dollars in new private investment required to reduce our emissions, grow our economy and create good jobs.

  • Introducing major investment tax credits for clean technologies and clean hydrogen will help create jobs and make Canada a leader in the net-zero transition.

  • Creating the Sustainable Jobs Training Centre and investing in the sustainable jobs stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program will equip workers with the skills needed for the jobs of today and the future.

  • Since 2015, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested nearly $35 million in more than 70 projects across the Durham census region, estimated to create over 100 jobs and maintain over 700 jobs.

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Edward Hutchinson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario

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