The new Stellantis electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Windsor received a number of temporary workers from South Korea recently and news of their arrival is leaving some in disbelief over whether or not the new plant, which received billions in taxpayer subsidies, will end up creating jobs for Canadians.

The joint project between LG Energy Solutions and Stellantis received $15 billion in subsidies from both the federal and provincial governments to manufacture hundreds of thousands of batteries over the next decade.

The subsidies were designed to maintain thousands of jobs in the auto sector and to compete with the United State’s Inflation Reduction Act.

“I think this is a historic deal, it’s a great agreement and it protects the thousands of jobs quite frankly that were at stake,” said Ontario Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli, referring to the 2,500 people that Stellantis promised to employ.

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