Thank you, Mr. Chair and honourable members. Thank you for the invitation to be here today as part of your study on clean technologies in Canada.
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association, CVMA, is the industry association that represents Canada's leading manufacturers of light and heavy-duty motor vehicles. Our members include Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, which is also known as FCA Canada.
Canada's auto industry is responsible for $13 billion in annual economic activity, 117,000 direct jobs and approximately 370,000 jobs in the aftermarket services and dealership network. The industry is our second-largest export sector, with $36 billion in exports last year.
The auto industry is one of Canada's leading green technology sectors. Electric vehicles and their related infrastructure now account for fully 40% of energy transition investment in Canada.
It's CVMA members that are really at the forefront of this transition. Over the past two years, we've had some excellent news in Canada. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis have announced investments of $13.5 billion, which will create over 6,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands throughout the auto supply chain. The majority of this investment is dedicated to EV assembly and the battery supply chain.
We recommend the following actions to realize the full economic benefits of clean technologies in the auto industry and to ensure that Canada achieves its climate objectives.
Priority number one is that we have to keep up and keep aligned with the United States. The Inflation Reduction Act is arguably the most significant development for Canada's auto sector since the passage of CUSMA. The U.S. is committing more than $370 billion U.S. to fight climate change. This includes massive new investments in EV manufacturing, sales and related infrastructure. The federal government should move swiftly to identify and react to competitive gaps in our manufacturing sector that will be exacerbated by this act. Particular attention should be given to battery manufacturing, where the U.S. now has a significant advantage.
Number two is that we need to boost EV adoption in Canada. We need a comprehensive plan to help more Canadians make the switch to electric and achieve our climate goals.
According to RBC's recent assessment of the investments required to achieve net zero by 2050, spending on EVs will need to grow from $4 billion annually right now to approximately $22 billion annually.
Priority, of course, should be on building a comprehensive public charging network; investments in clean, affordable and reliable electricity generation and grid infrastructure; and improvements to the consumer purchase incentive program, also known as iZEV, to make EVs affordable for all Canadians.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to questions.