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Delivering good jobs and clean air with new battery components factory for electric vehicles in Ontario

Delivering good jobs and clean air with new battery components factory for electric vehicles in Ontario

Since January, Canada has signed historic production agreements for electric vehicles, batteries and hybrids – deals that create and secure thousands of good middle-class jobs. Today is another big step forward.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was joined today by Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne and Ontario Minister for Economic Development, Employment and Trade Vic Fedeli to launch a new, globally leading facility to Ontario to manufacture essential battery components for electric vehicles. Through the new partnership, Umicore plans to invest $1.5 billion to establish a net-zero facility in Loyalist Township, Ontario, which will create 1,000 jobs during construction and hundreds of permanent jobs.

By the end of the decade, Umicore’s new facility will produce enough precursor cathode active materials (pCAM) and cathode active materials (CAM) – essential components in batteries – to supply one million electric vehicles annually. The company will supply automakers and battery makers in Canada and the United States, and will play an important role in our domestic electric vehicle supply chain and an enhanced North American battery ecosystem. Umicore’s new facility will help the Canadian automotive sector to remain strong and prosper well into the future.

As we build a clean economy, the Government of Canada will continue to ensure that the Canadian auto industry and its workers remain competitive. Through the 2030 emission reduction plan launched this spring and Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy now under development, we will provide clean air, good middle-class jobs and a strong economy for Canadians now and in the future.

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“Today’s announcement is about creating jobs, reducing pollution and building a stronger, cleaner economy for Canadians. Umicore’s intention to locate its new facility in Loyalist Township is another major step forward as we make Canada a global leader in electric vehicle manufacturing – from minerals to manufacturing. With more than 1,000 good jobs to build the plant and hundreds of permanent jobs once it is operational, this new facility will play an important role in Canada’s clean automotive sector well into the future.”

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Canada is the world leader in the jobs of the future in the low-carbon economy. Today’s announcement with Umicore builds on recent investments made by our government to build a thriving EV battery supply chain in Canada. We are ensuring a strong and resilient economy, while also creating tens of thousands of high-paying jobs across the country.”

The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“This significant investment by Umicore will make Ontario a North American leader in this high-value segment of the EV supply chain and further connect Northern Ontario’s mineral sector with EV manufacturing in the South. With recent success that has attracted major investment to the province, our government is leveraging Ontario’s claim to developing and building the batteries that will power the vehicles of the future.”

The Hon. Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Trade

“Canada and the Province of Ontario have what it takes for Umicore to build a fully fledged, sustainable battery materials supply chain from the mine to the electric vehicle end-market. Once key customer contracts are in place, this expansion in North America would complete our global rollout of regional supply chains for our automotive and battery cell customers to now three continents. In addition, we are deeply grateful to the governments of Canada and Ontario for their support and willingness to co-finance this planned project. The facility will assist Canada and Umicore in their shared goal of achieving a carbon neutral battery supply chain.”

Mathias Miedreich, CEO of Umicore

Quick Facts

  • Today’s announcement marks the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Government of Canada and Umicore and the start of negotiations on an agreement to establish the new production facility in Loyalist Township, Ontario. The Government of Canada will continue negotiations with Umicore on federal support for this project.
  • Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Umicore is a circular materials technology company committed to reducing harmful emissions, powering the vehicles and technologies of the future and giving used metals a new life through recycling. The new facility in Loyalist Township, Ontario, will be the company’s largest in Canada.
  • The Canadian auto sector supports nearly 500,000 workers, contributes $16 billion annually to Canada’s gross domestic product, and is one of the country’s largest export industries.
  • Earlier this year, the federal government released the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Canada’s next steps for clean air and a strong economy, an ambitious and achievable sector-by-sector approach for Canada to meet its new climate target of reducing emissions by at least 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to move us towards our goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 reach .
  • To help meet its emissions reduction targets, the Canadian government has committed to introducing a sales mandate that will ensure 100 percent of new light vehicle sales are zero-emissions by 2035.
  • The 2022 budget provided $1.7 billion to expand the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles program and broaden the program’s eligibility to include more vehicle models. It also raised $900 million to add 50,000 zero-emission car chargers to Canada’s network.
  • The government of Canada has announced its new Incentives for Medium and Heavy-Duty Zero Emissions Vehicles program, providing up to $200,000 per vehicle to help businesses and other organizations electrify their fleets.
  • Budget 2022 also proposes $3.8 billion to support the development and implementation of Canada’s first-ever Critical Minerals Strategy.
  • Today’s announcement was made during Canada’s Electric Vehicle Week, which runs from July 11-15, 2022. During this week, Canadians are encouraged to promote #EVWeek on social media.

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