Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is investing $400 million to help small and medium-sized businesses get their own delivery services, as it attempts to shift its business away from a traditional taxi-and-hail model to one that uses robots and drones.
The Prime Minister’s Office announced the program on Thursday.
The initiative will bring a $40 million investment to the Canadian Express service, which delivers to more than 2 million customers across Canada, including about 1.2 million households and small businesses.
Prime Minister Trudeau has pledged to spend $1.4 trillion on infrastructure, including infrastructure for the Internet of Things, transportation infrastructure, and new public transit.
Prime Minister Trudeau, who also pledged $1 trillion in infrastructure investments during his 2016 election campaign, announced the initiative with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, calling the Canadian Prime minister’s plans to invest in the economy the “right thing to do.”
“We are taking on Uber and Amazon, who have created so much misery for our economy,” Trudeau said.
“We are putting Canada’s economy back on track by making sure Canadians have access to a new kind of delivery service that delivers to their doorstep.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference on March 3, 2021, in Toronto, Ontario.