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Ontario Greens launch made-in-Ontario EV supply chain strategy

Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner and Deputy Leader and Environment & Climate Critic Dianne Saxe launched the party’s ​​made-in-Ontario electric vehicle (EV) supply chain strategy.

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TORONTO — Today, Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner and Deputy Leader and Environment & Climate Critic Dianne Saxe launched the party’s ​​made-in-Ontario electric vehicle (EV) supply chain strategy. To crush climate pollution, Ontario needs a real plan to decrease the use of fossil fuel vehicles and rapidly move towards low carbon transportation options, including electric cars, buses and bikes.

“Ontario is well positioned to be a global leader in the new climate economy,” said Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner at a virtual news conference. “With competitive advantages in mining, innovation, financing and auto manufacturing and parts, along with a strong workforce.”

Ontario Greens will build on these existing strengths to grow good, green jobs and businesses in the province through a made-in-Ontario EV supply chain. This will be achieved through the following 5 key steps:

  1. Increase demand for new low-emission vehicles, with cash incentives of up to $10,000 for buying a fully electric vehicle and $1,000 for an e-bike
  2. Bring 60,000 diverse, young people into the green workforce, including providing one year of free tuition and guaranteed apprenticeship
  3. Increase sustainable, circular and Indigenous-led access to critical minerals and metals, while fully adhering to principles of UNDRIP
  4. Unlock low carbon inputs for EVs
  5. Scale up EV innovation and production, through a $5 billion EV Mobility and green technology innovation fund and $4 billion Climate Bank

“I’m relieved Doug Ford finally changed his tune on EVs after years of active hostility, it’s a Green win,” said Dianne Saxe. “But it falls short of what’s needed. By refusing to make EVs more affordable and address the demand side, the Ford government is missing out on a huge economic opportunity. Half measures won’t make Ontario a giant of the new climate economy.”

“Ontario is lagging behind other jurisdictions and must be more aggressive in attracting investment and jobs,” Schreiner said. “We can crush climate pollution and create good, green jobs at the same time through our made-in-Ontario EV supply chain strategy.”