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Trudeau announces $25M investment to expand wind turbine blades manufacturing facility in Gaspé, QC


July 15, 2021
By Canadian Manufacturing
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GASPÉ — On Jul. 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada will collaborate with the Government of Quebec and LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy company, to pursue an over $160-million project that will help the company expand its wind turbine blades manufacturing facility in Gaspé, Quebec. The Government of Canada will provide up to $25 million for the project which, once completed, will create up to 200 new highly-skilled jobs and maintain approximately 380 additional jobs for Canadian workers.

The announcement hopes to bolster Canada’s role in the area of clean energy technology and will support the reduction of pollution around the world.

As the world turns to clean technologies, the Government of Canada aims to make investments that support Canadian workers and businesses, create jobs, and builds a cleaner future for the global economy.

“Investments in clean technologies, including wind power, help reduce pollution and create good middle class jobs. Today’s partnership in Gaspé will support innovation, position our country as a leader in renewable energy, and ensure a strong, clean economic recovery. We will continue supporting Canadian workers, businesses, and communities in Quebec and across the country.” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Canadians need a strong recovery and good jobs that will survive the test of time; that means a green recovery. Our government is here to help Canadian workers and businesses seize the opportunities created by markets demanding clean energy solutions.” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

“GE believes climate change is an urgent global priority. We are pleased to be working with committed partners, like Canada, to provide the myriad technology solutions that will be required for the world to meet its net-zero commitments. The plant expansion aligns perfectly with Canadian and Quebec government policy and economic ambitions, and we are pleased to partner with them on an initiative that underscores the ability of the U.S. and Canada to work together to address the urgent global crisis of climate change.” said Heather Chalmers, President and CEO, GE Canada.

The Government of Canada investment announced on Jul. 14 was made through the Strategic Innovation Fund.