Ontario And Ford Partner For Success

    McGuinty Government Helps Save 300 Windsor Jobs

    TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ -


    Autoworkers in Windsor will be back on the job at Ford Motor Company's
Essex Engine Plant, thanks to a partnership between the Ontario government and
    Ontario is providing $17 million to support Ford's $170-million
investment in a new engine program in Windsor, paving the way for about
300 workers to return to their jobs
    Strengthening key industry partnerships, like the one with Ford, is part
of Ontario's five-point plan to build a stronger economy. The government's
Budget, released last week, also outlined investments in skills training and
infrastructure, plans to lower business costs and support for innovation.


    "Thanks to Ford, workers can return to the jobs they take pride in. This
is great news for Windsor families," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "Today marks a big win for Ford, for Ontario and, most importantly, for
the hardworking people of Windsor," said Economic Development and Trade
Minister Sandra Pupatello.


    -   Ontario's auto and assembly industry employs about 130,000 people.
    -   Six of the world's largest automakers build cars and trucks in
    -   Over 90 per cent of Canada's total auto industry is based in Ontario.


    See how Ontario's Auto Investment Strategy
(http://www.2ontario.com/software/brochures/autoInvestment.asp) has leveraged
nearly $7.5 billion in auto investments and secured thousands of jobs. Read
more about the government's 2008 Budget (http://ontariobudget.ca/english/).

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