Unifor is calling for a national automotive strategy and a dedicated federal government ministry to capture the significant potential posed by the transition to electric vehicles.
The recommendations are part of Unifor’s new automotive policy, which comes a day after Canada’s largest private sector union elected Lana Payne as its new president.
The union then wants factory and production capacity targets as part of its overall automotive strategy, and calls for more government support through policies that encourage investment and Commerce.
Unifor also said it is important to strengthen capacity for battery materials and electric vehicle components, and to provide transition support to auto parts suppliers and workers who may be impacted in the future. transition to electric vehicles.
Policy recommendations come as the United States moves toward passage of the Inflation Reduction Act that will see billions of dollars earmarked for electric vehicle subsidies, which are expected to boost demand for electric vehicles. zero-emission vehicles and benefit the highly integrated automotive market in North America.
Canada already has federal incentives for electric vehicles, but Unifor is calling for increased incentives as well as a commercial rebate program and increased spending on the charging network to boost demand.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on August 11, 2022.