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September 15, 2022
Ontario’s government is creating an economic advisory group with representatives from Stellantis NV and three indigenous groups to try to advance billions of dollars of investment in clean energy and infrastructure projects.
The governments of Canada and Ontario have provided financial support to a raft of electric vehicle initiatives to try to save auto-sector jobs as the industry transitions away from fossil fuels. That includes money for Stellantis to assemble electric vehicles in Windsor, Ont., and to LG Energy Solution and Stellantis to build an EV battery plant nearby.
Billions of dollars of investment will be needed, including spending on highways and energy infrastructure. The new group is meant to go beyond the government’s legal duty to consult with First Nations and ensure that indigenous people secure jobs and economic prosperity from any development near their communities, Greg Rickford, Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs, said in an interview.
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