Mr. Strickland is executive director of SMCC, which represents more than 500,000 skilled trade workers across 14 unions.
We traditionally work alongside OEM representatives when we install equipment, but not 900. Until his union gets a meeting with the employer – which Mr. Strickland, has not yet happened – it will be too difficult to say what the acceptable number of foreign workers would be, he said.
The province's Economic Development Minister, Vic Fedeli, responded to the announcement in a written statement released Friday afternoon. Today I spoke with NextStar Energy CEO Danies Lee who confirmed that during the construction phase NextStar's network of external suppliers will utilize up to 900 highly skilled foreign workers and temporary workers to help assemble and install equipment for Canada's first battery manufacturing plant. These workers will also help train 700 Ontario workers with new skills essential to delivering projects like this as we begin the transition to building the cars of the future. To be clear, these temporary workers will come to Windsor to do this highly specialized work, train the Ontario workers, and then return home.
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Vic Fedeli is the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Speaker of the Cabinet of Ontario. (Archives)
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Canada has a free trade agreement with South Korea that would allow workers to come to Canada independent of the process of hiring temporary foreign workers.
An industry analyst told CBC News this week that it would be difficult to hire an all-Canadian workforce for the project.
Joe McCabe, president and CEO of Auto Forecast Solutions, explained that It is essential to bring in people who know the technology and are qualified. They come in, set things up, make sure everything is working properly, then hand it over [to the permanent workers].
The x27;Northvolt company will also have to hire foreign workers at its battery factory in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec.