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Protecting the Automotive Sector in St. Catharines

Protecting the Automotive Sector in St. Catharines

Protecting the Automotive Sector in St. Catharines

St. Catharines has a long and proud history as an auto city.

We have General Motors who currently employs 1,483 at our Glendale Ave. plant. In addition to auto parts manufacturers – THK (TRW) and Venest Industries – the auto industry directly employs approx. 3,000 in St. Catharines / Niagara alone. Along with the thousands more jobs in the supply chain.

GM continues to grow and invest in the plant, stimulating growth, innovation and good, high-paying jobs.  I was proud to recognize GM as a member of TEAM ST. CATHARINES in the business community in 2015. Since being elected Mayor, I launched a program to recognize a selection of business that has helped to build and shape our city.  General Motors Canada was selected as a Legacy Leader for their longstanding contribution in continuing to invest in our City’s economic growth and future.

The auto industry contributes millions in wages, taxes, research and investment. Ontario’s auto industry is competitive, and is vital to our economic well-being. We need to act now to protect that.

This week at Council I called on the federal government to make the protection of Canada’s automotive industry a priority.  We will continue to work closely with our local MPs Chris Bittle and Vance Badawey who are both very supportive of the auto sector.

I am thankful for Council’s support and will take this to the Auto Mayor’s Caucus and work with local representatives.

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