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Fact Sheets: Windsor Profile

The Industry
  • Windsor has the highest auto industry concentration in Canada with 2 vehicle assembly plants, 2 major engine operations, foundry and casting, a major transmission plant and more than 50 other independent auto parts facilities.
  • Major employers in the region: DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Lear Corporation, Magna, Siemens, National Auto Radiator, Butcher Engineering, Fasco, Veltri Stamping, A.G. Simpson and Kautex.
  • Vehicles assembled in Windsor: Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Ram Van and Wagon.
  • 358,422 vehicles were built in Windsor in 2001 (or 982 a day). Windsor also builds 2 million engines per year (4,100 a day), and 1 million transmissions per year (2,700 a day).
  • The industry produced vehicles and parts worth an incredible $23 billion in Windsor in 2001, or $64 million a day.

Direct Jobs: 26,400

Every day in 2001, Windsor's auto workers:

  • Built 982 vehicles
  • Built 4,100 engines
  • Built 2,700 transmissions
  • Produced $64 million worth of products
  • Earned $4.2 million
  • Paid $1.1 million in income and municipal taxes


Jobs and the Local Economy
  • The auto assembly and parts industries directly employ 26,400 people in the Windsor metropolitan area. This represents 17% of the 155,000 jobs in the region, or more than 1 out of every 6 jobs.
  • On top of this, thousands more jobs are created to supply the auto industry: jobs in steel, plastics and other manufacturing and services. More jobs are created by the spending power of auto workers' paycheques. The major auto assembly and original equipment manufacturing jobs in Windsor stimulate an estimated 98,000 other jobs throughout the local economy.
  • Including the spin-off jobs in Windsor, the auto industry accounts for 73% of total employment in the region.
  • Auto workers' paycheques pumped $2 billion into the Windsor economy in 2001, or $4 million every day.
Supporting our Communities
  • The auto industry and auto parts support services that everyone depends on, like health care and education, as well as a host of community organizations such as United Way, foodbanks and women's shelters. General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler alone (excluding independent auto parts workers) raised approximately $4,473,135.90 for the United Way in the year 2000-more in 2001. In 2001, Windsor auto workers paid $336 million in federal and provincial income tax, or close to $1 million per day. As well, the CAW raised funds to build the University of Windsor student centre.
  • And most auto workers own homes. Based on average property taxes, Windsor auto workers supported $60 million in municipal tax in 2001, or $163,000 a day, helping to pay for local services.
No Rules, No Borders, No Jobs
  • The auto industry is absolutely critical for the health of Windsor's economy and community. It is time we all helped to get the industry back in gear.

The CAW represents 31,000 Windsor-area workers in several sectors of the economy.

Sources available: e-mail
Spring 2002