Economic Development in Southern Ontario
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FCA extends Windsor minivan plant’s third shift by 3 weeks for fleet order

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WINDSOR, Ont. — Fiat Chrysler plans to eliminate the third shift at its Windsor, Ont., minivan plant on Oct. 21, three weeks later than originally planned, due to a fleet order. FCA pushed the elimination date back from Sept. 30 “to accommodate a large order,” spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin said in a statement. “After that date, the plant will return to a traditional two-shift operation.” 

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Over $5 million for two Windsor companies to support automotive innovation and create nearly 160 jobs

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Canada’s automotive sector is strong and uniquely positioned to design and build the cars of today and tomorrow, and our highly skilled workforce is the driving force behind it. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a combined FedDev Ontario contribution of more than $5 million to APAG Elektronik Corp. and Service Mold + Aerospace Inc. to develop and adopt innovative technologies, scale up and create good middle-class jobs. This announcement was made as he prepares to attend the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

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Company among 11 recipients of $41M federal fund

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Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains is at the Tecumseh manufacturer to announce the funds.

“To get to the cars of the future, we have to start today!” Bains stated in a media release. “Our government is supporting Canada’s strong and vibrant automotive sector and the middle-class Canadians who employ it.”

11 recipients in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia to benefit from the $41 million Strategic Innovation Fund aimed at supporting the development of safer vehicles that are more environmentally friendly.

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Province announces $3M in funding for ten companies in Windsor Essex

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The province has announced grants of more than $3-million for 10 companies in the Windsor-Essex region to help fund innovation and job creation.

The Liberal government says the investments will create 178 jobs in the region and result in 384 jobs being retrained.

The money is coming from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund with the goal of getting local businesses to innovate, grow, and pursue new markets.

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