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Education Matters

A CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) article lists a couple of reasons why Toyota is opening a plan in Canada instead of in some proposed locations in the United States. One, free health care in Canada, is not the subject of this post. But the other is.

One of the reasons Toyota opened a plant in Woodstock, Ontario is that residents there are better educated than their counterparts in Mississippi and Alabama, the states that tried to lure Toyota into the US. From the article:
    Several U.S. states were reportedly prepared to offer more than double that amount of subsidy. But Fedchun said much of that extra money would have been eaten away by higher training costs than are necessary for the Woodstock project.

    He said Nissan and Honda have encountered difficulties getting new plants up to full production in recent years in Mississippi and Alabama due to an untrained - and often illiterate - workforce. In Alabama, trainers had to use "pictorials" to teach some illiterate workers how to use high-tech plant equipment.

    "The educational level and the skill level of the people down there is so much lower than it is in Ontario," Fedchun said.

Education matters.

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