Volkswagen’s new electric vehicle battery plant will create thousands of new jobs

2023 April 21

When we talk about our made-in-Canada plan, we’re talking about creating good, middle-class jobs now and into the future, we’re talking about clean air for our kids and grandkids, and we’re talking about a strong economy that works for all Canadians. That’s what Volkswagen’s new electric vehicle battery plant in St. Thomas – the largest manufacturing plant in the country once built – is all about. It’s a win for workers, for the community, and for the economy.

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

From mining critical minerals to building batteries and cars, Canada and Ontario continue to attract historic, transformational investments across the electric vehicle supply chain to secure more good-paying jobs for workers today and for decades to come.

Last month, Canada and Ontario secured a historic investment from Volkswagen, Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen is investing $7 billion to establish its first overseas electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in St. Thomas, Ontario. This is the largest electric vehicle-related investment in Canadian history, signaling a strong vote of confidence in Canada and Ontario’s highly-skilled workers, strong economies, and competitive business environments.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, were joined today by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, and Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Vic Fedeli, to highlight this generational deal for St. Thomas, Ontario, and Canada’s entire electric vehicle supply chain.

The plant, Volkswagen’s largest to date, will create up to 3,000 direct jobs and up to 30,000 indirect jobs. Once complete in 2027, the plant will produce batteries for up to one million electric vehicles per year, bolstering Canada’s domestic battery manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for electric vehicles now and into the future. The plant, which will generate about $200 billion in value, will be the largest manufacturing plant in Canada. Construction is expected to begin next year.

To strengthen and grow St. Thomas and the surrounding communities, Ontario will invest in other important infrastructure projects across the region, including improvements to roads, highways, utility services, and police and fire services.

Since 2020, historic new investments have been made in Ontario by global automakers as well as electric vehicle batteries and battery materials suppliers. From mining critical minerals to building batteries and electric vehicles, Canada and Ontario have the resources and skilled workers to continue leading the world. This means a strong economy, good-paying jobs, and clean air now and into the future.