Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, but it is also one of the greatest economic opportunities for our workers. That’s why, as we work to end the fight against COVID-19, the Government of Canada continues to take action to support the development of clean technologies, so that we can strengthen our economy, grow the middle class, create jobs and rebuild. better for everyone.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that the Government of Canada will work with the Government of Quebec and LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy company, to pursue a more than $ 160 million project that will help the company to enlarge its wind turbine blades. manufacturing plant in Gaspé, Quebec. The Government of Canada will provide up to $ 25 million for the project which, when completed, will create up to 200 new highly skilled jobs and maintain approximately 380 additional jobs for Canadian workers.
Today’s announcement will help increase Canada’s expertise in clean energy technology and support pollution reduction around the world. It’s also an example of how working with companies like LM Wind Power can help them meet global consumer demands for low-carbon goods and services.
As the world turns to clean technology, the Government of Canada will continue to make investments that support Canadian workers and businesses, create jobs, grow the middle class, and build a cleaner future for all.
“Investments in clean technology, including wind power, help reduce pollution and create good jobs for the middle class. Today’s partnership in Gaspé will support innovation, position our country as a leader in renewable energy and ensure a strong and clean economic recovery. We will continue to support Canadian workers, businesses and communities in Quebec and across the country.
“Canadians need a strong recovery and good jobs that will stand the test of time; it means a green recovery. Our government is here to help Canadian workers and businesses seize the opportunities created by markets demanding clean energy solutions. Today’s announcement to cooperate with LM Wind Power on their project to expand their wind turbine blade plant will help position Canada as a world leader in green energy technologies, while creating new good jobs in Gaspésie.
“GE believes climate change is an urgent global priority. We are pleased to work with committed partners, like Canada, to provide the myriad of technological solutions that will be necessary for the world to meet its net zero commitments. The plant expansion aligns perfectly with the economic policies and ambitions of the Canadian and Quebec governments, and we are pleased to partner with them in an initiative that highlights the ability of the United States and the Canada to work together to address the urgent global climate change crisis.
“We are committed to helping our customers lead the energy transition by providing them with state-of-the-art wind turbine blades that allow them to produce clean, renewable energy in the most sustainable and efficient way possible. Our current employees take pride in supporting this important work and our new colleagues can be confident that they will receive the training and support they need to contribute to this effort in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
- LM Wind Power is a Danish subsidiary of General Electric. At its expanded plant in Gaspé, the company will produce the largest blades in the world – 107 meters long – for the markets of Europe and the United States.
- LM Wind Power Canada has more than 300 employees based in Gaspé, Quebec.
- The Government of Canada’s investment announced today is being made through the Strategic Innovation Fund.
- The Government of Canada’s strengthened climate plan and Budget 2021 priorities identify the growth of clean energy technologies as a means of securing our clean industrial advantage and our clean growth future.
- The government is investing $ 8 billion over seven years to accelerate decarbonization projects with major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters, the transition to clean technologies and Canada’s industrial transformation in all sectors.
- Clean technology offers significant benefits to Canadians, ranging from lower electricity costs and clean air to over 211,000 well-paying jobs. They also help reduce Canada’s environmental impacts while helping to meet our emission reduction targets.
- Clean technology contributed more than $ 28.8 billion to the Canadian economy in 2019, including the export of approximately $ 7.05 billion in clean technology goods and services.