Toyota is investing $1.4 billion as it moves to produce its RAV4 model, seen in in this March 2018 photo at the New York Auto Show, at its Ontario facilities in Cambridge and Woodstock. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Toyota investing $1.4 billion in southern Ontario


Toyota employees in southern Ontario will be keeping their jobs for the foreseeable future.

The Japanese-based car maker announced a $1.4 billion dollar investment in its two plants, in Woodstock and Cambridge, Ontario.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario’s Premier, Kathleen Wynne were in Cambridge today for the announcement.

Toyota investment brings Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (centre) and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (far right) to the TMMC Toyota Manufacturing facility in Cambridge today. (CP/Peter Power)

Trudeau said the governments of Canada and Ontario will both contribute $110 million (Cdn).

He said the investment will help secure 8,000 existing jobs and an additional 450 new jobs, keeping Canada’s auto sector competitive.

“A vote of confidence”

Kathleen Wynne, currently in a re-election campaign, said the Toyota investment is “a vote of confidence” in the workforce at the two facilities.

In Woodstock, the plant builds Toyota’s popular RAV4 model.

In Cambridge, 45 kilometres away, the plant will be moving to the RAV4, after building 4 million Corollas.

The Lexus RX 350 and the RX 450h are also built at another facility in Cambridge.

Meanwhile, another round of NAFTA talks are scheduled for next week, and the auto sector has been a major challenge during the negotiations.

The so-called ‘rules of origin”, with a focus on the issue of North American content may have helped Toyota in the Ontario comittment.

When U.S. President Donald Trump threatened a “border tax” on vehicles shipped into the United States, Toyota announced a re-designed Corolla would be built at a new Toyota-Mazda joint venture facility in Huntsville, Alabama, to open in 2021.

Toyota had planned to move Corolla production to Mexico.
Canada was exempt from a border tax on cars built here, under the former Auto Pact agreement of 1965, and the evolution of subsequent trade agreements that followed.
(With files from CBC and CP)
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