THUNDER BAY – “Our government is taking action to support good jobs and local businesses in Thunder Bay,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Together with Metrolinx’s original order, the 36 new coaches we are proposing to order will ensure job security for Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay.” Ontario’s government is working hard to support workers at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant by proposing to order 36 new bi-level passenger coaches, in addition to Metrolinx’s current order of 63 coaches from Bombardier’s Thunder Bay facility.
Ontario is making historic increases to GO Train service to put commuters and people who rely on public transit first. To support this new service and to add more service in the future, Metrolinx needs to procure additional passenger coaches. Metrolinx currently has 63 coaches on order with Bombardier and has proposed to order 36 more coaches from Bombardier for a total of 99 new coaches.
In addition, Metrolinx has offered to extend their delivery schedule to allow Bombardier to pursue other work for their Thunder Bay facility and still successfully complete their work for Metrolinx. Together, these actions will ensure job security for workers through 2022.
“Our government is committed to putting people first,” said MPP Rickford. “I’m hopeful that Bombardier will do the same for their employees and come to the table to work with Metrolinx to fulfill this order at a fair price for taxpayers.”