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Ontario making record investments in its auto sector Oakville North-Burlington Update – March 25th, 2022

“I am so pleased that Ontario is taking action to strengthen our auto sector. This new battery manufacturing plant will employ 2,500 people and encourages environmental sustainability with electric vehicles (EV’s). Ontario is also making it easier to access EV charging stations. Ontario government is committed to making life easier for Ontario families and businesses.”  Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP

Historic Investments in Ontario’s Auto Sector
 
Ontario Secures Largest Auto Investment in Province’s History

 
LG Energy Solution & Stellantis are investing more than $5 Billion dollars to build Ontario’s first large-scale electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. It’s the largest auto manufacturing investment in Ontario’s history.
The new battery facility that will be built in Windsor will employ an estimated 2,500 people. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year with production operations planned to launch in the first quarter of 2024. The facility will be fully operational by 2025.

Making it Easier to Access Electric Vehicle Chargers
 
The Ontario Government is providing $91 million to help make electric vehicle (EV) chargers more accessible to the public across Ontario. This will support the uptake of electric vehicles and further strengthen Ontario’s auto industry.
 
Making Car Registrations Easier and More Convenient
 
Great news! Ontario’s new Digital Dealership Registration process is making it easier, faster, and more convenient for Ontarians to buy a car by enabling car dealerships to register vehicles online and issue permits and licence plates directly to purchasers.The new process will provide over 7,000 car dealerships access to an online program that eliminates paperwork and trips to ServiceOntario centres. I was pleased to present the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation with a Seniors Community Grant to support the Seniors Meal Program delivering meals to isolated seniors and ensure their good health while in the safety of their homes. It was also a pleasure to congratulate them on a second grant they have received to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations. I was pleased to visit the Vaishno Devi Temple Oakville to announce a grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations. This grant program from the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism works to address the urgent need to combat hate-related crimes in our communities. It was a pleasure to meet with and present volunteers from our community with an Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Award. Thank you Linfeng, Pamela, Arthur and Yiran for your volunteerism in our community and truly making a difference.
  I was pleased to join Oakvillegreen Conservation Association to announce a $100,000 grant by the Ontario Government through Ontario Trillium Foundation. These funds will help rebuild from the impact of COVID-19, help manage volunteers, develop virtual school programming, and create and execute a strategic fundraising plan. Thank you for your commitment to protect, enhance and restore Oakville’s natural environment. In honour of Hellenic Heritage Month I am profiling exceptional Canadians of Hellenic descent who have made a significant contribution to our nation and made us proud. Today we recognize Chef Christine Cushing. This week on March 21st we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day. Let’s celebrate our Down Syndrome community across Ontario and in Oakville North-Burlington. Thank you for all the love and joy you bring into our lives. It was a pleasure and honour to join the Consul General of Greece Victor Maligoudis, the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature Ted Arnott, my MPP colleagues, and members of the Greek and Cypriot communities to raise the flag of the Hellenic Republic to recognize the 201 anniversary of Greek Independence Day. March 25, 1821 is an important day to remember the brave men and women who rose up against the oppression of the Ottoman Empire to stand for liberty. We will never forget the sacrifices made by our valiant ancestors so that Greece would once again become a free and democratic nation. Please click here to watch the Statement I made in the Ontario Legislature. Extending the Freeze on College and University Tuition Ontario is extending the current tuition freeze for colleges and universities by another year, providing ongoing financial relief and predictability for families and students in Oakville North-Burlington. This tuition freeze builds on Ontario’s 10% reduction in tuition for the 2019-20 academic year, and the two-year freeze from 2020-22.
  Strengthening Protections Against Bullying and Violence at School The Ontario government is investing more than $550,000 in initiatives that will help keep kids safe in class and online. The funding will support programs that combat sex-trafficking, violence against women, bullying and cyberbullying.
  New measures Proposed to Protect Movement at International Borders Ontario is introducing new measures to protect international border crossings from unlawful disruptions that hurt people and businesses. These new measures include legislation that, if passed, would allow law enforcement to better protect jobs that rely on international trade. It would also protect our economy from future disruptions like the recent illegal blockade of Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge, which led to factory closures, shift reductions and halted billions of dollars worth of trade. More Important News Stories This week Investing in National and International Amateur Sport Events Expanding Mental Health Services for Indian Residential School Survivors Honouring Three Francophones with the 2022 Ontario Francophonie Awards Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards
 
In recent months, I have been proud to honour a number of volunteers who have contributed to our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your community spirit. If you would like to nominate a member of our community who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the community during the pandemic, please contact my office and let me know.