Government of Canada Invests in Border Security and Logistics in Windsor

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Media Release

For immediate release
October 2, 2013

Investments in Windsor International Airport and the University of Windsor will create jobs, make Windsor a world leader in border logistics

Windsor, Ontario - Today, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced an investment from the Government of Canada that will benefit the advanced logistics and border security cluster in southwestern Ontario. Minister Goodyear was joined by Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex; his Worship Eddie Francis, Mayor of the City of Windsor; and Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Windsor.

The announcement, made at the Windsor International Airport, centred around two collaborative projects between the University of Windsor and the Windsor International Airport "Your Quick Gateway" (YQG).

"Our Government's top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians," said Minister Goodyear. "By investing in research for faster, safer ways to move goods and people across international borders, our Government is not only helping to create high-quality jobs in Windsor, but we are also positioning this region to be a leader in the increasingly important field of border logistics and security."

"What an exciting day for our city," said MP Watson. "Today, our Government has demonstrated considerable support for Windsor's economy, and has also shown confidence that this region has the skilled individuals and resources to become diversified, and economically prosperous in the long term."

The Government of Canada's $19.9-million contribution in these two projects will assist in the establishment of an Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS), which will allow Windsor to become a world-leader in cross-border logistics and security, supply-chain expertise and related technology development. The City of Windsor and the University of Windsor will be able to establish the IBLS, which will include a facility on the University's campus dedicated to research and development support for businesses, and a facility at the Windsor International Airport aimed at providing real-world testing for new technologies in the logistics sector.

These projects, through FedDev Ontario's Prosperity Initiative, will directly create an estimated 105 jobs.

This initiative will also include the construction of a multi-modal cargo terminal at the Windsor International Airport. This initiative will support the development of a Windsor/Detroit logistics corridor that has the potential to create thousands of jobs in the long term, and build on the strengths of the region while diversifying the area's economy and industries.

Your Quick Gateway has recently signed a lease agreement with FedEx, adding weight to the logistics project at the Windsor airport and demonstrating the kind of businesses that Windsor hopes to attract and keep as part of this hub.

"The Institute for Border Logistics and Security aligns directly with the University of Windsor's strengths and our location on a unique major international border," said Dr. Wildeman. "With FedDev Ontario's investment, we are forging a strong partnership with the City of Windsor. The IBLS will help our region pursue strategic opportunities that build on our location, and that develop long-term expertise on border issues important to our region and our country."

"I want to thank Minister Goodyear for continuing to champion economic development in our region and for the Government of Canada's continued investment in the long-term economic future of our city," said Mayor Francis. "This investment helps to ensure that our economic diversification strategy continues and that, together with our partners at the University of Windsor and FedEx, our region is positioned to be a key and critical hub of logistics, international trade and border security," he added.

For more information on these projects and the Prosperity Initiative, please see the backgrounder.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region's strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. In Budget 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the renewal of FedDev Ontario. Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $920 million over five years for the Agency, starting on April 1, 2014. As part of the renewal, FedDev Ontario will be allocating $200 million over five years for a new Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario.

To learn more, please visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca or call  1-866-593-5505 .

As outlined by the Prime Minister, the Government of Canada remains focused on what Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and their personal financial security.

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For more information, contact:

Stephanie Thomas, Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
613-943-7599 

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
416-954-6652