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Ontario Puts A Charge Into Electric Vehicle Production

McGuinty Government Investing In Clean Technology, Protecting Jobs

NEWS August 5, 2011

Ontario took another step today toward the plan to become a world-leading clean energy and manufacturing economy.

Premier Dalton McGuinty was at Toyota’s Woodstock plant to congratulate workers and celebrate Ontario being chosen to produce the Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle) because of the province’s commitment to electric vehicles. He also thanked the company for its commitment to clean technology innovation and for creating good jobs for Ontario families.

Ontario, in partnership with the Government of Canada, will support the production of the RAV4 EV through their investment in Toyota’s recently announced Project Green Light. The total investment among all partners is helping to protect 6,500 jobs and thousands of supplier jobs throughout the province.

Partnering with industry and supporting the auto sector is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to create and protect good jobs for Ontario families, strengthen local economies and promote clean technologies.


“We worked hard to become North America’s number one producer of cars. To stay on top, we need to produce the next generation of cars that use clean technology. Ontario's auto industry is back on track — and moving forward into a strong future.”

— Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

“Toyota’s decision to produce the RAV4 EV in Woodstock is one more positive result of our investment in green technology. Ontario workers will benefit by taking a leading role in the production of the next generation of green vehicles.”

— Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“We’re turning a new chapter in our history and into the future. TMMC will lead the way by building the new RAV4 EV. Being involved with leading edge technology is a great opportunity to motivate and develop our people. This is an excellent example of Toyota’s determination to collaborate with companies with innovative technology.”

— Ray Tanguay, Chairman of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada


§ Ontario and the Government of Canada are each providing $70.8 million towards Project Green Light. The total investment from all partners in could reach $545 million.

§ The auto industry supports approximately 400,000 jobs across the Ontario.

§ Ontario offers consumer incentives between $5,000 and $8,500 for electric vehicles purchased or leased after July 1, 2010, with the goal of having one out of 20 vehicles in Ontario electrically powered by 2020.

§ Ontario builds more cars than any other state or province in North America.

Bradley P. Hammond    8/5/2011


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