Ontario aims to produce 400,000 electric and hybrid cars by 2030.
Premier Doug Ford shared his government’s latest goals for the auto sector at a news conference in Guelph, Ont., today.
The province says it intends to partner with the auto sector on new automaker mandates for hybrid and battery electric vehicles, establish a battery assembly plant and increase Ontario-made auto part exports.
The plan also involves a longstanding government goal to mine in northern Ontario for minerals used in batteries and more training for auto workers.
Ford says auto manufacturing is a cornerstone of well-paying jobs in Ontario and the industry must adapt with evolving demand for electric cars.
He says his government will focus on investing in production and won’t offer a rebate for electric vehicle purchases just yet, but will see what the market dictates on the idea.