From mining, to manufacturing, to charging, Canadian businesses and workers are attracting historic investments in the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain. When electric vehicles are made from Canadian minerals, assembled by Canadian auto workers, and powered at Canadian-made chargers, we secure and create jobs, grow our economy, and keep our air clean now and into the future.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, 18th January visited the facilities of EV charger manufacturer FLO in Shawinigan, Quebec, to highlight made-in-Canada chargers. Canadian workers are leading on every step of the EV supply chain, from mining and processing critical minerals, to building EVs and batteries, to building charging infrastructure. To make EVs more accessible for Canadians, the Government of Canada is investing more than $1.2 billion in projects to build almost 84,500 chargers by 2027, of which thousands are already in service. This is in addition to charging stations supported by investments from provinces, territories, and the private sector.
While in Quebec, the Prime Minister will visit the Hydrogen Research Institute (HRI) of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, which conducts research on technologies to support the storage, production, and use of hydrogen. The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières is supporting the development of Canadian hydrogen hubs and supply chains, to help cut emissions from transportation, including trucking and marine transportation. Developing and adopting more hydrogen technology not only creates jobs and economic growth, but helps reduce pollution and fight climate change. The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, is attending both events.
Canadian workers and businesses are already leading on clean energy and technology, and the components that go into it. As demand continues to grow, positioning Canada as a reliable supplier of clean technology will create even more Canadian jobs, grow our economy, and cut pollution to help fight climate change.