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Ottawa willing ‘to make significant investments’ to land Ontario EV battery plant

The federal government on Wednesday said it is willing to spend money in an effort to land an electric vehicle battery plant in Windsor, Ont.

While he didn’t say exactly how much funding it might earmark for such an investment, Liberal Windsor-Essex MP Irek Kusmierczyk said Ottawa is currently “in those conversations with battery producers.”

He made the comment after announcing a $7.5-million grant to turn Windsor into what the federal government calls a “world-class automobility accelerator.”

Stephen MacKenzie, CEO of Invest WindsorEssex, confirmed in late February that the regional is in hot pursuit of an unnamed battery maker.

He has since told Automotive News Canada the company has asked for a media blackout.

“I will say, the cooperation, response and support from our federal and provincial partners has been absolutely phenomenal,” MacKenzie told reporters Wednesday from Windsor, after the most recent funding announcement. “We have every reason to believe they will be at the table, hopefully pushing these across the finish line.”

Kusmierczyk said MacKenzie’s hope is justified.

“We have demonstrated already, with the Ford Oakville plant, that we’re ready to be a partner,” Kusmierczyk said, referencing the $295 million his government will spend on the factory just outside of Toronto. “We are there to be a partner and make significant investments.

“Our government has a mines-to-mobility strategy. This project aligns absolutely perfectly with where this government is going.”

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