Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 11, 2005 12:30 ET

Prime Minister Participates in Toyota Groundbreaking Event

WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 11, 2005) - The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Prime Minister, along with representatives from Toyota Motor Corporation, the federal government, the Ontario government and the City of Woodstock, today officially broke ground to commemorate the start of construction of the new Toyota assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario.

"I'm honoured to be here today to celebrate the groundbreaking for Toyota's brand-new automotive assembly plant," said Prime Minister Martin. "This is clearly a big win for Canada. It is the first greenfield assembly plant to be built here in nearly 20 years. It will create 1300 new jobs and provide opportunities for training, new infrastructure and investment in environmental technologies."

The Prime Minister and the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, met with Mr. Fujio Cho, then-President of Toyota Motor Corporation, in Tokyo, Japan, on January 19, 2005, to discuss the project. Following that meeting, the company approached the federal and provincial governments to invest in the project. This led to a commitment by the federal government to provide $55 million in the form of a repayable contribution.

The investment is part of an $800-million project to construct a state-of-the-art, flexible assembly plant that will use the latest Toyota manufacturing and environmental systems. The federal funds will be used to support pre-production and environmental technologies in the plant and paint shop.

"Today's groundbreaking is exciting as Toyota and its partners are creating brand new economic prosperity," said Minister Emerson. "I'm also gratified to note they're spreading the wealth. At the same time as Toyota is breaking ground here, they're expanding a facility in my home province of British Columbia where Toyota is investing $39 million in its CAPTIN wheel plant in Delta."

The long-term benefits of the new Woodstock assembly plant will be significant. The plant will initially create 1300 new jobs and increase Toyota's assembly capacity in Canada from 250 000 units to 350 000 units, making the Cambridge/Woodstock combination the second-largest operation among Toyota's wholly owned North American facilities. This additional production will create significant new opportunities for local parts sourcing, investment and employment by Toyota's suppliers in Canada, as well as substantial spinoff benefits.

Government support of this project is part of a larger commitment to the entire automotive sector, which is a key industry sector cluster in this country. Helping to attract new investment to the industry is a key part of this commitment and is a priority in the recommendations of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 943-2502