TORONTO, Ont.–Canada’s auto industry, employing 125,400 people across the country while contributing millions to taxes and local charities, is “vital to Canada’s economic wellbeing”,according to new research from union Unifor.
“The auto industry is important to the Canadian economy generally, and absolutely vital in the communities where assembly and parts plants are located,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
Across Canada, 125,400 people are employed directly in the auto industry, producing 2,268,996 cars and light trucks (or 6,216 per day) worth $93.5 billion in 2015, (or $256 million per day).
“That kind of output of manufacturing goods, and the good jobs that come with it, are not easily replaced,” Dias said. “That’s why we have made securing new investment the number one priority for this year’s auto talks.”
Negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers begin August 10 and 11 in Toronto. Unifor said it has made new investment in Canada, including new product allocations, the top priority of the talks.
Besides the production and economic output, Dias pointed to the taxes paid and charitable giving of autoworkers, and their importance to the communities in which they live. Across Canada, auto workers contributed $1.9 billion in income, payroll and sales taxes (or $5.2 million per day).