On September 21, the governor of Ontario said at a press conference in Toronto: "After completing the negotiations, we will make a huge contribution to this factory."
According to the Toronto Star, citing a draft letter to Ford, on September 20, the Canadian federal government has informed Ford that it is willing to provide up to 500 million Canadian dollars (approximately US$376 million) to help Ford in The Oakville plant in the western suburbs of Toronto produces electric vehicles.
This plant is Ford's only vehicle assembly plant in Canada. It is currently responsible for the production of Lincoln Nautilus and Ford Edge crossovers. Previously, Ford cancelled plans to produce the next-generation Edge at the plant, and this plant was therefore considered at risk of closing.
Doug Ford said that he is waiting for Ford's commitment to ensure that the company will manufacture electric car batteries in Ontario. He said: "We can complete every step of battery production. We have lithium and nickel, and we have the raw materials for battery production."
Unifor is the largest private enterprise union in Canada. The union represents 17,000 Canadian workers who work for the three major automobile companies in Detroit. It is currently negotiating with Ford on a labor contract that will determine the wages and benefits of most workers. Prior to this, Unifor set a deadline, the specific time is midnight on September 21, Toronto time. If Ford does not complete negotiations with Ford before then, Unifor will organize workers to strike.
Rose Pao, spokesperson for Ford Canada, said in an email: "We look forward to negotiating an agreement with Unifor to help lead Ford Canada, our employees and the community into the future. Both parties will discuss these details at the negotiating table. Instead of discussing it in the media."