Today’s auto sector is in a period of rapid technological change and transformation and Canada has the potential to play a very significant part in this global wave of innovation. Vehicles are becoming increasingly electric, highly connected, autonomous and a vital part of the sharing economy.
Canada is well positioned to be a global leader in the development of autonomous vehicle software and controls, artificial intelligence, cyber security, active safety and vehicle dynamics technology, infotainment and connected vehicle technology. CVMA members are at the forefront of this exciting new era of vehicle design. Our members are making significant investments to harness Canada’s strong ecosystem of world-class universities, startups and innovative suppliers. This translates into thousands of high quality jobs for Canadians.
This accelerated innovation will require a significant degree of coordination with the industry across Canadian jurisdictions and especially between Canada and the United States, with whom we have aligned automotive regulations and standards. Policy must enable and not hamper innovation while protecting public safety.
The CVMA will continue to work in partnership with all levels of government to ensure Canada reaches its potential as an innovation leader.
“We’re helping Canada create a new generation of automotive engineers.” – Tony Mancina, Head of Engineering, FCA Canada
FCA Canada Inc, has for over 20 years invested in a joint partnership with the University of Windsor at its Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in Windsor, Ontario. ARDC has collaborated with several academic partners including the University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Polytecnico di Torino as it continually expands its R&D activities in Canada for fuel efficiency, light-weighting and next-generation powertrain technology. What started out as a $30-million investment has grown to more than a $1 billion spend on R&D activities in Canada. Product designers, researchers and engineers at the ARDC play a key role in the development of the cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs built by FCA.
“We have established a strong future for the highly-skilled and talented employees across Canadian operations.” – Joe Hinrichs, President of The Americas, Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited is expanding its Canadian research and development presence with an additional $500 million investment, extending its connectivity leadership with the addition of more than 300 software and hardware engineers and the creation of its first-ever Ottawa Research and Engineering Centre to focus on research and development across infotainment, in-vehicle modems, gateway modules, driver-assist features and autonomous vehicles. Recently, Ford has announced $1.2 billion in Canadian investments, including a $700 million investment in its manufacturing facilities.
“A dynamic new innovation cluster is emerging here to support some of the most exciting work in our global industry.” – Steve Carlisle, President & Managing Director, General Motors Canada
General Motors Company Canada has increased research and development and expanded its engineering work in Canada for key future automotive technologies to a total of about 1,000 engineering positions who are working in areas including active safety and autonomous vehicle development software. This work is being carried out in Oshawa, Markham, Kitchener, Waterloo, Toronto, and Kapuskasing. Further, GM will be investing $10 million in its Kapuskasing Cold Weather testing facility to enhance their engineering capability to conduct important testing for a wide range of new GM products and technologies.
CVMA members not only build vehicles in Canada; they invest in Canadian research and development expertise, employing thousands of skilled workers which supports communities and the economy.