"Today's investments will help create and maintain nearly 800 great jobs for Canadians in Windsor and across Ontario, while equipping Canadians with the skills they need to design and build the cars of the future".
"Whether it's providing information to help reduce congestion in cities, allowing vehicles and infrastructure to communicate to keep us safer on the road or simply knowing all your personal settings when you enter a self-driving vehicle, connectivity is the key", Nair said.
Ford agreed during contract negotiations with Unifor last fall to invest $700-million in its Canadian operations, which include two engine plants in Windsor and the assembly plant in Oakville.
Ford's investment in vehicle connectivity comes as cars and trucks increasingly interact with phones, houses and other vehicles.
"Today's announcement will help Ford of Canada transform its Windsor operations into a world-class engine facility", the release said, adding that the investments will also strengthen Ford Canada's research and development capacity at existing facilities, including the Powertrain Engineering Research and Development Centre in Windsor, Ont., which develops technologies to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient. "This is about positioning Canada as a global centre for automotive innovation, creating better opportunities for Canadians, and keeping Canada's automotive manufacturing sector competitive".
Ford will be establishing an advanced manufacturing program in Windsor and also a research/engineering centre is being launched in the nation's capital.
"It is ludicrous to suggest that Ford "needed" a $200-million handout from Ontario and Canadian taxpayers, as the company earned a global pre-tax profit of more than US$10 billion in 2015", the Canadian Taxpayers Federation said in a statement.
CEO Mark Buzzell and the company's president of the Americas Joe Hinrichs were also at the media event.
An employee works on Ford Mondeo vehicles on the production line during assembly at Ford plant in Almussafes on February 5, 2015 in Valencia, Spain.
The Essex plant was a focus of Unifor's labor contract talks with Ford previous year.
Total investment from Ford Canada, Ottawa and Queen's Park will total $1.2-billion, of which $600-million will stay in Windsor. Last December, a trade union leader had estimated that public investment could jointly reach hundreds of millions of dollars.
It's becoming clearer every year that auto companies focusing money and time exclusively on new engines and models is a thing of the past. A further 100 jobs are being created in the United States.