March 15, 2004

General Motors Canada joins DaimlerChrysler in support of Windsor border improvements

Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada announced its support of the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario and City of Windsor regarding new measures that are part of a $300 million investment to improve the flow of trade at Canada’s busiest border crossing in Windsor, Ontario.

“This is an important first step to ensure that the border infrastructure and systems are as efficient, safe and streamlined as possible,” said Michael Grimaldi, President of General Motors Canada and Co-Chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council. “As Ontario’s leading manufacturing industry and Canada’s largest exporter, the auto sector depends on just-in time delivery of components and parts to our assembly operations and suppliers. General Motors is supportive of this critical initiative of the government to address border delays and to establish safe and secure border crossings.”

The efficient flow of traffic and goods through the Windsor border crossings is vital to the automotive sector, Canada’s biggest contributor to manufacturing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its largest manufacturing employer. In 2003, General Motors Canada exported over 90% of the vehicles it produced in Canada, contributing to the $23B trade surplus with the U.S. generated by the auto industry.

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