Ontario Liberal Plan Delivering Clean, High-Tech Jobs

Electrovaya In Mississauga Leading the Charge Towards A Clean-Energy Economy

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Only the Ontario Liberal Plan is delivering clean, high-tech jobs for Ontario families and building Ontario's new clean-energy economy.

"Our plan is building a highly skilled workforce so that we can manufacture innovative clean technologies right here in Ontario," said Premier Dalton McGuinty. "We're creating clean, high-tech jobs which can only be done by investing in skills and education — our greatest advantage when it comes to competing in the global economy and building a clean-energy economy."

The Premier made his remarks following a tour of Electrovaya — the only company in Canada that develops and manufactures cutting-edge patented lithium ion batteries used to power electric cars. These batteries let electric cars drive further on a single charge.

Electrovaya also builds energy storage systems — to store wind and solar power — and is currently building the world's largest single lithium ion battery.

"We're making Ontario the North American powerhouse for clean-tech manufacturing," McGuinty said. "Our extremely competitive tax system, our highly skilled workforce and our world-renowned Green Energy Act are making Ontario the place to be for clean, high-tech jobs."

"Premier McGuinty has shown strong leadership in his advocacy for Ontario businesses in the greening automotive and energy sectors," said Dr. Sankar Das Gupta, Chair and CEO - Electrovaya Inc. "This government's support for small and medium enterprises has helped us to remain competitive with global competition while continuing to create high-value green jobs here in Ontario."

Ontario is the number-one producer of cars in North America. Now the Ontario Liberal Plan is to become the number-one producer of electric cars. Working with companies like Electrovaya will help achieve the goal of having one out of every 20 cars in Ontario electrically powered by 2020.

"Ontario is on track for a stronger future," McGuinty said. "The opposition would take us off track by killing our clean-energy economy and the jobs it's creating. The Hudak PCs $14 billion hole would also mean deep cuts to education, depriving us of the highly skilled workers companies like Electrovaya need. The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes.  Both would take Ontario off track at the worst time. Our bold plan will position Ontario to become North America's biggest manufacturer of clean technology. This is the way forward, together."

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CLEAN-ENERGY ECONOMY

Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to build a clean-energy economy. From clean-energy jobs, to high-tech innovation, to trade missions that promote Ontario businesses and bring companies here — Ontario is leading the way.

Ontario is home to Electrovaya — the only company in Canada that designs, develops and manufactures cutting-edge patented lithium ion batteries, battery systems, and battery-related products to power electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars. The technology allows electric cars to go further on a single charge by allowing more energy to be stored in a smaller space — making it smaller, lighter and more powerful than the competition.

Electrovaya also builds high efficiency energy storage systems — to store power generated from wind, solar and other sources. It is currently building the world's largest lithium ion battery to store solar farm power.

Electrovaya has been successful in taking their high-tech innovations to outside markets, thanks in part, to the Ontario Liberal commitment to trade missions. In 2008, Electrovaya was successful in signing two memoranda of understanding with China based companies. These strategic partnerships are creating clean, high-tech jobs in Ontario and exporting products the world wants.

Working with companies like Electrovaya is creating clean, high-tech jobs for Ontario families while bringing clean energy to our roads — moving Ontario even closer to becoming North America's leading maker of electric vehicles.

The Next Generation of Cars

Ontario is already the number-one manufacturer of cars in North America. Now Ontario Liberals are going to make Ontario the number one place for clean energy and manufacturing. Bringing electric cars to our roads is an important part of that plan. Ontario Liberals will accelerate the plan to have 5 per cent of all new cars be electric by 2020.  We will do that by investing $80 million to have electric car charging stations widely available across Ontario — making it easier and more convenient to power these cars.

Working with Infrastructure Ontario, Ontario Liberals will encourage public and private sectors to develop proposals to build, test and expand charging facilities. Ontario Liberals will kick-start the building of electric car charging infrastructure in Ontario by providing the seed money to the projects chosen.

Making sure charging stations are conveniently located will get more electric cars on our roads, help families save money and make our air even cleaner.

To make the switch to electric cars even easier, Ontario Liberals already offer people incentives to purchase electric cars — including an incentive of $5,000 to $8,500 and green license plates, which allow drivers to use the province's network of HOV lanes.

Green Energy Act

Ontario Liberals are committed to attracting the right kinds of companies in sectors that will thrive in the new, global economy.

Through the Green Energy Act, Ontario Liberals are building Ontario's clean-energy economy. We are attracting new investment in the renewable energy sector, creating well-paying clean-energy jobs and protecting our environment for future generations.

At the centre of the act is the Feed-In Tarrif (FIT) program, which provides guaranteed rates for renewable energy. It gives investors what they are looking for — stability, certainty and our commitment that Ontario Liberals are in this for the long term. That's why companies are flocking to Ontario and making us the North American leader in clean-energy production and manufacturing — most importantly — creating thousands of jobs here.

To date, we have created 20,000 new jobs and are on track to create 50,000 new jobs by 2012. Only Ontario Liberals will ensure FIT continues — building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system that's keeping the lights on for families and businesses, creating thousands of jobs, and cleaning up the air we breathe.

Introducing Ontario Businesses To The World

Ontario will remain competitive by continuing to expand and diversify trade opportunities. Building relationships and expanding international trade has supported about 2,000 jobs here in Ontario — adding $1.7 billion in new revenue to our economy.

Endless opportunities exist around the world for Ontario's small-and medium-sized businesses. Companies across Ontario are developing new, clean-tech products that can be marketed to the world while creating jobs for families here.

Ontario Liberals will increase support to help businesses access new markets by doubling the amount of Premier-led trade missions from four to eight — expanding Ontario businesses, creating jobs and growing our economy.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

For further information:

Ontario Liberal Party Media Office: 
416 961-3800 ext. 328

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