The decision by Stellantis to move to a single shift next spring is a reminder that the economic recovery from this global pandemic remains a work-in-progress. Just days ago, I was meeting with federal government officials about the need to invest in the future of the automotive sector in our region, including supporting the transition to electric vehicle manufacturing. I was pleased with the level of engagement and involvement from federal officials in Ottawa and their understanding of the importance of our Windsor Works economic diversification strategy. In the weeks ahead, I will be ramping up my fight for the automotive sector in our region to ensure that when business attraction decisions are being made, senior leaders in Ottawa and Queen’s Park recognize the vital importance of the automotive sector to the economic health of Windsor-Essex and all of Southwestern Ontario.

-Mayor Drew Dilkens