(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford, spoke with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder about the opportunity to build on the mutually beneficial trade relationship between the two jurisdictions.
“Ontario and Michigan share a very valuable trade partnership,” said Ford. “We’re their number one customer. We trade more than $64 Billion (US) in goods every year, and our automotive and agri-food sectors support thousands of jobs on both sides of the border. Governor Snyder and I spoke openly about the importance of continued trade. We agree that our economic ties are crucial for creating the good local jobs people depend on.”
Ontario and Michigan’s auto sectors are closely linked through integrated supply chains and the trade relationship is critical to economies on both sides of the border, including locally in Detroit and Windsor. Together, Ontario and Michigan account for approximately 25 per cent of North America’s vehicle production. In fact, a car or truck may cross the border up to seven times before it is completed.
The phone call between Ford and Snyder focused on strengthening trade between the two jurisdictions and removing barriers which hinder economic growth and job creation.
They agreed to work closely together to make certain that Ontario and Michigan continue to deliver strong economic output and drive job creation throughout the Great Lakes and St Lawrence regions.