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AutoTalks16

Invest in Canada

Invest in good jobs. Invest in the future. Invest in our communities. Invest in the next generation. Invest in Canada. This is what our message is to the Detroit Three automakers in our negotiations with Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

These are an important round of talks, perhaps the most important in a generation. That’s because the top priority for Unifor in these negotiations is securing product and new investment in Canada.

New investments will secure good jobs in this country, and a stable future for our communities and our children.

For every job in auto, seven more are created throughout the Canadian economy at suppliers and other companies that sell to the auto plants, as well as the spending done by those workers.

The taxes paid by those workers support schools, hospitals and other public services on which we all rely.

The benefits of good auto jobs spread far and wide beyond the communities where those jobs are actually located.

An independent study from the Centre for Spatial Economics released in September 2016 showed the importance of the auto industry in Canada, finding that the Detroit Three automakers contribute some $26 billion to the Canadian economy, up to 150,000 jobs and up to $4.7 billion per year  in government revenues. The study came to this conclusion by examining the impact of the Detroit Three leaving Canada. For more information on the study, click here.

In 2015, the Centre for Spatial Economics conducted a study by the Centre for Spatial Economics that found more than 30,000 jobs rely on the General Motors facility for their future and that the operations contribute more than $5-billion to Ontario’s gross domestic product and provide the federal and Ontario governments $1-billion in revenue.

And that's just one operation. Across Canada, the economic impact of having an auto industry in this country is massive. A decline in that industry would hurt all Canadians -- and that's why Unifor is standing up for good jobs, healthy communities and a future for our young people during this round of negotiations.

Unifor represents more than 40,000 workers in the auto industry, including more than 23,000 working for the Detroit Three.