On June 15, 2012, Governor Rick Snyder and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the conclusion of an agreement between Michigan and Canada to build a new publicly owned bridge between Detroit and Windsor. The project comes at no cost to Michiganders, as the Government of Canada has agreed to construct, finance and operate the new crossing.
The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) will improve the flow of international trade between the U.S. and Canada at what is their busiest commercial border crossing. Each day, over 8,000 trucks cross the Detroit border on an 83-year old bridge with no direct freeway-to-freeway connection. The NITC project will reduce congestion in the freeway system, strengthen the North American manufacturing sector, employ 10,000 construction laborers and create 750 long-term jobs in Michigan.
Martinrea International Inc.is a global leader in the production of quality metal parts, assemblies and modules, and fluid management systems. It is a Tier 1 automotive supplier and supplier to other industrial sectors. In October 2011, Martinrea completed a $15 million expansion of its stamping plant in Jonesville, Michigan. The investment brought 168 new jobs to Hillsdale County. Martinrea employs 1,300 Michiganders at five facilities across the state: Jonesville, Manchester, Detroit, Troy and Auburn Hills.
Magna International Inc. is the most diversified automotive supplier in the world with global sales of $29 billion and employing approximately 111,000 worldwide. Magna designs, develops, and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components; and engineers and assembles complete vehicles. In April 2012, Magna E-Car Systems announced the grand opening of a facility in Grand Blanc Township, Michigan, that manufactures electric motors, inverters and electronic powertrain controllers for hybrid and electric vehicles. It employs 95. Magna E-Car Systems was named a Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press.
Consulate General of Canada
600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1100 • Detroit, MI 48243-1798
Phone: (313) 567-2340 • Fax: (313) 567-2164
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2011 data in U.S. dollars (US$1.00=C$0.9891). Statistics Canada: tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (5/2012 release); goods & services trade (2/2012 release). World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER): Canada’s export ranking (2/2012 release). U.S. Census Bureau: trade (2/2012 release). Services trade data not available at a sub-national level. Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
Michigan sells more goods to Canada than to the state’s next 19 largest foreign markets combined
* Job numbers from trade (2010 data) and Canadian-owned businesses (2009 data) are from a 2012 study commissioned by the Government of Canada