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October 03, 2014 14:34 ET

Minister Moore Discusses Strength of Canada's Manufacturing Sector during Tour of Toyota Canada

Holds the first of a series of cross-Canada talks with business leaders on the future of Canadian manufacturing

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2014) - Industry Canada

Industry Minister James Moore today toured the state-of-the-art automotive assembly plant of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and met with business leaders and workers to discuss the strengths of Canada's manufacturing sector and their vision for its future.

The meeting was the first of several that the Minister will have during National Manufacturing Month, an effort hosted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters to raise awareness among Canadians about manufacturing's economic and social impact. Throughout the fall, the Minister will meet with business leaders to learn more about the industry's opportunities for growth. They will talk about issues that influence companies' competitiveness-at home and abroad-and how government and business can position the sector for continued success in the future.

Today, the Minister emphasized the importance of manufacturers to the Canadian economy, citing the impressive fact that manufacturing employs close to 1.7 million people in a high-tech, high-skill sector. It is one of Canada's largest business industries.

Quick facts

  • Canada's automotive industry is a key sector in the Canadian economy, representing 10 percent of our manufacturing GDP.
  • It directly employs over 117,000 Canadians and another 377,000 indirectly, including a sophisticated supply chain of over 730 companies.
  • Canada's manufacturing sales have bounced back and are up more than 25 percent since the recession.
  • In July 2014, Canada posted its largest trade surplus in nearly six years, which was driven by surging auto exports that had a 9.7-percent increase in motor vehicle and parts exports and a 10.2-percent increase in passenger car exports. This was the biggest one-month advance in eight months.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada is an important contributor to the local economies of Cambridge and Woodstock as well as to those of Ontario and Canada.
  • Toyota's Cambridge plant produces the Lexus RX 450h, a sports utility vehicle that was the first Lexus hybrid built outside of Japan. Toyota received a repayable federal contribution through the Automotive Innovation Fund in association with this project.
  • In Budget 2014, the Government announced an additional $500 million over two years to the Automotive Innovation Fund to support significant new strategic research and development projects and long-term investments in the Canadian automotive sector.
  • The nature of manufacturing is evolving. Canada faces heightened competition from advanced and emerging economies. The Advanced Manufacturing Fund will contribute directly to an innovative and sustainable manufacturing base that will continue to be an important economic driver for prosperity.
  • A key part of supporting manufacturers is ensuring that they have global markets for the goods they produce. Through its Global Commerce Strategy, the government concluded seven different free trade pacts with 37 countries. It has also concluded or implemented foreign investment promotion and protection agreements with 22 countries and continues to deepen trade ties with the largest, most dynamic markets in the world.
  • Canada's two most recent trade agreements, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, promise to add at least $14 billion annually in new economic activity, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs.
  • Since 2006, Canada has gone from having free trade agreements with only five countries to now having free trade agreements in force, or being finalized, with 43 countries around the world.
  • Both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) expect Canada to be among the strongest growing economies in the G7 over this year and next.
  • In 2013, Canada leapt from sixth to second place in Bloomberg's ranking of the most attractive destinations for business.
  • According to KPMG, total business tax costs in Canada are the lowest in the G7.

Quotes

"Canada's automotive industry contributes more than 117,000 direct and 377,000 indirect high-skilled jobs to the economy every year. To ensure the industry remains strong, our government has kept taxes low, reduced red tape and promoted trade abroad and skills training at home-all of which are necessary conditions for job and economic growth. I was pleased to meet with leaders and workers at Toyota today to learn how the company benefits from Canada's highly skilled labour force, well-developed infrastructure, access to key export markets, advanced supplier base and support for R&D. Canada continues to be a leading nation for automotive manufacturing. It is a great place to build cars."

- James Moore, Minister of Industry

"It is a pleasure to welcome Minister Moore to the Cambridge area to see the impressive contributions Toyota is making to the community. This industry-leading plant reflects both the skills of our workers and Toyota's commitment to Canada. Our highly skilled people, our attractive tax regime and our connection to international markets make Canada one of the best places in the world for manufacturing, now and into the future. Through programs such as the Advanced Manufacturing Fund, our government is supporting increased innovation and productivity by investing in new and innovative products or production methods."

- Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) and Member of Parliament for Cambridge

"Through the process of manufacturing, we develop people, generate wealth and contribute to our community. The quality, innovation and engagement of our team members have defined our success here in Canada as the most awarded automotive plant in North and South America."

- Ray Tanguay, Chairman, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

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    Office of the Minister of Industry
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