VIDEO: Ottawa Invests $5M in Automotive Innovation


The Federal Government is investing $5-million in Windsor-Essex to drive automobile innovation.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities MP Marco Mendicino made the announcement Friday.

The funding will help the region transition from traditional automotive manufacturing to the next generation using mobility innovations, smart technologies and automation.

He says the funding will help create jobs of the future.

"The creation of over 150 jobs, the maintenance of 655 through this investment is such an important moment for Windsor," says Mendicino.  "So you can see by all the stakeholders who are here in this room, the excitement that this is going to continue to spur on growth."

Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation President Stephen MacKenzie says it's about adapting to change.

"We can still be the auto capital of Canada as long as we continue to evolve, our companies evolve, our researchers evolve and that the cutting edge technology disruption happens here so that it can be commericialized here and jobs created here and kept here," says MacKenzie.

WEEDC will partner with local organizations and businesses to advance automobility technologies focusing on autonomous and electric vehicles. 

- with files from AM800's Rob Hindi