There have been speculations that Tesla’s upcoming Gigafactory may be located in Canada. Those rumors intensified after Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne revealed he has been in contact with Tesla on a prospective Canadian manufacturing facility.
Champagne was asked particularly about Tesla and whether they were considering establishing a factory in Canada while speaking to reporters in Vancouver on Wednesday.
“Yes, I’m talking to them. I’m talking also to all the automakers around the world.” Champagne answered.
Anyone who has been following the reports that Tesla would be expanding into Canada should not be surprised by the confirmation, but it is a good confirmation because it comes straight from the source.
It must be mentioned that CEO Elon Musk has made repeated allusions to a Canadian Gigafactory, most notably at the automaker’s annual shareholders’ meeting last month. Recent reports from Canada also indicated that Tesla representatives have already visited several places in Ontario and Quebec, according to InsideEVs.
Notably, further indications that the manufacturer may soon hire thousands of Canadian workers come from the fact that Tesla is now seeking a high-volume recruiter in the Quebec region.
Aside from the job listing in Quebec, Tesla normally positions its Gigafactories close to sizable cities, giving the Montreal Gigafactory a better chance to prosper.
In terms of expanding its automotive business, Tesla has truly been unstoppable. It keeps growing internationally to meet the demand for electric vehicles. As of the moment, Tesla operates six factories globally, five of which are considered “gigafactories” due to their size.
This year, the manufacturer plans to build 1.4 million units, a significant increase over the 930,422 electric vehicles it produced in 2021.