Ford Canada establishes itself as the country’s first automotive manufacturer to build fully battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as part of a $1.8 billion investment.
Based on the collective agreement with Unifor and ratified by employees, Ford is committed to transforming their Oakville Assembly Complex. Starting in 2024, the internal combustion engine (ICE) site will also become a BEV manufacturing facility.
Employees have voted in favour of the three-year agreement that enable 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:
- 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
“Working collaboratively with Unifor, and as discussions continue with both the federal and provincial governments, this agreement is an important step toward building a stronger future for our employees, our customers and our communities,” said Dean Stoneley, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. “By introducing BEV production at Oakville Assembly Complex, we are cementing our Canadian operations as a leader in advanced automotive manufacturing.”