Encouraging automotive innovation to create more opportunities and promote a healthy environment for Canadians
Canada’s Innovation Minister meets with Toyota Chairman to discuss the automaker’s plans to expand its clean technology markets in Canada
September 8, 2017 – Montréal, Quebec – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Canada is an ideal market for the development and early adoption of emerging technologies, such as zero-emission vehicles, which have the potential to create new jobs for Canadians and promote a healthy environment.
That message was delivered today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, during a private meeting with Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation.
Minister Bains and Mr. Uchiyamada discussed Toyota’s investment in manufacturing operations in Canada. They also discussed potential ways to reduce greenhouse gases through the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.
Minister Bains welcomed the opportunity to continue working with Toyota to expand its markets in Canada. He also discussed the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year effort to create well-paying middle-class jobs for Canadians by positioning this country as a global leader in innovation.
As part of this plan, the government is investing in attracting top talent from around the world, equipping Canadians with the in-demand skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and attracting global investments to Canada.
“I welcome the opportunity to engage with Toyota as the company looks for global opportunities to grow. Our government is committed to making Canada a destination of choice for global companies looking to develop and introduce emerging technologies, such as fuel cell vehicles, that have the potential to create new jobs and promote a healthy environment. Putting Canada at the forefront of innovation and technology adoption will generate new business opportunities and create high-quality middle-class jobs for Canadians. It will also equip Canadians with the in-demand skills they need for the well-paying jobs of today and into the future.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Toyota has been invested in the Canadian community for over 50 years, and we look forward to building stronger relations with the Government of Canada to help build the infrastructure required for Canadians to adopt new automotive technology, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai. There is still a lot of work to be done, but Toyota will continue supporting the government’s efforts through a collaborative relationship in bringing more greenhouse gas–friendly technology to Canada.”
– Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman, Toyota Motor Company
Budget 2017 allocated $50 million over five years to explore collaborations with industry on new and emerging transportation technologies, $120 million to build charging stations for electric vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations across the country, and $1.4 billion for early-stage investments in clean technologies.
Canada produces a vehicle every 14 seconds, resulting in 2.4 million vehicles produced every year. That level of economic activity contributes $18.2 billion annually to Canada’s GDP.
Ontario, which produces more than one in four vehicles in North America, is part of the largest automotive manufacturing cluster on the continent.
This cluster, which also includes Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, forms a cross-border, integrated supply chain that’s unique in the world. Automotive parts produced in Ontario or Michigan cross the border up to six times during the assembly process before they become a finished vehicle.
Follow Minister Bains on Twitter: @MinisterISED
Karl W. Sasseville
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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