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Ford to invest $1.8 billion to become first in Canada to build full battery electric vehicles

Christian Fernsby |
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited and Unifor have reached a new globally competitive national labour agreement establishing Ford as the first automotive manufacturer in Canada to build fully battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as part of a C$1.8-billion investment.

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Based on the collective agreement ratified by employees, Ford is committing to transform its Oakville Assembly Complex from an internal combustion engine (ICE) site to also become a BEV manufacturing facility, starting in 2024, as well as introducing a new engine program at its Windsor operations.

Employees have also voted in favour of the three-year agreement that enables several operational improvements to increase the efficiency of Ford's Canadian facilities, including:

Competitive alternative work schedules to maximize production flexibility Enhanced temporary employee program

Ford of Canada's hourly employees also receive a number of benefits, including:

2.5% wage increase twice over the life of the agreement

C$7,250 ratification bonus for full-time permanent employees and $500 for temporary employees

Reduced grow-in period for new hires from 11 years to eight years.

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