Stellantis’ auto assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ont., will get $3.6 billion in upgrades to support the company’s push toward electric vehicle and battery production.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford traveled to Windsor, Ont., with Stellantis North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart on Monday to announce that Stellantis is investing billions of dollars in the retooling and modernization of the two factories.
In a press release on Monday, the company said it would transform the factories into “flexible, multi-energy vehicle assembly facilities” ready to “produce the electric vehicles of the future.” The press release had said the investment was $3.4 billion, but during the announcement, officials clarified that it was an investment of $3.6 billion.
“Today is another example that our plan to build Ontario is delivering huge gains for workers and communities across the province,” Ford said in the release.
“Ontario has everything it needs to once again become the engine of auto manufacturing in North America. Where other governments have stood idly by and watched jobs flee this province, we are doing it and making sure the cars of the future are made in Ontario by Ontario workers.
For the Windsor assembly plant, Stellantis hopes the changes will diversify its ability to introduce battery-electric or hybrid models into the production line to meet what it calls “growing demand for low-emission vehicles”. .
The province is funding up to $287 million for this renovation.
2 new R&D facilities planned with focus on electric vehicles
The company will also build two new research and development facilities focused on electric vehicle production and battery technology.
Stellantis will also expand its automotive research and development center in Windsor by building two competence centers for electric vehicle and battery testing, which will support everything from automotive design to development.
The centers are also expected to provide opportunities for students from universities, colleges and startups who wish to participate in the production of electric vehicles.
According to Stellantis, the province is investing up to $94 million in these centres.
At the Brampton assembly plant, Stellantis will also modify its assembly line to allow it to produce battery-electric and hybrid vehicles, with the province committing $132 million to the facility.
In total, the province is providing up to $513 million to fund these developments.
An Ontario government press release had said Ottawa was matching Ontario’s investment, but a federal government press release says it is investing $529 million in the project.
“Today is a great victory for Canadian workers, the future of the Canadian auto sector and the entire Canadian economy,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, in a press release.
“With this historic investment in Stellantis to build thousands of electric vehicles each year, we are securing thousands of well-paying jobs in Windsor and Brampton. With a century of excellence by Canadian autoworkers, today is one more step in our efforts to build a sustainable economy of the future that is part of Canada’s path to net zero emissions. »
With these changes and the electric vehicle battery plant, Stellantis announced it would invest $6 billion in the province’s auto industry.
In March, politicians and Stellantis officials announced a $4.9 billion joint venture electric vehicle battery plant for the southwestern Ontario region.
Stellantis and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution have partnered on the project, which is expected to be operational in 2024.