ONTARIO, Canada, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The province of Ontario, Canada showcased its strengths as a powerhouse for automotive innovation and advanced manufacturing this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Yesterday, the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, Brad Duguid, wrapped up a two-day visit to promote Ontario's automotive leadership and advocate for new investment.
Minister Duguid attended alongside federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, to demonstrate the close collaboration between Canada's federal and provincial governments to foster a vibrant auto sector.
Ontario's vehicle assembly and auto parts facilities together invested about $3.6 billion and added over 1,600 jobs during 2015, and the auto show was an opportunity to build on this momentum. Highlights included:
"Ontario is currently a global leader in the automotive and information technologies of today, but we need to ensure we remain at the forefront as these industries evolve for tomorrow. This province's skilled workforce, leadership and commitment in this area present a compelling business case for building the vehicles of the future right here. While in Detroit I met with industry leaders who expressed optimism about Ontario's capabilities. This is a promising indication, as we continue to work closely with industry and government partners for long-term, sustainable growth."
— Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"Canada's automotive sector has built an impressive reputation around the world for quality and innovation and I saw the many strengths of the sector first-hand on display in Detroit. Canada is a great country in which to invest and do business, and through our innovation agenda, we will work to ensure a profitable, sustainable future for Canadian auto makers."
— Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Government of Canada
SOURCE Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure