For foreign investors in the automotive sector, Canada offers a strategic location in the heart of one of the world’s largest and most lucrative automotive markets. Cutting-edge R&D, unparalleled market access and seamless integration into the Great Lakes automotive supercluster make Canada the ideal choice to drive automotive innovation into the future. In 2013, Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector directly employed over 117,000 workers and generated revenues of $84.7 billion in 2013. Footnote 1

“ This investment is helping us find much needed capacity for global products and securing jobs and it is positioning Oakville, Ontario as one of the most competitive and important facilities in the Ford system ”

Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President of the Americas Ford Motor Company

  • Canada is part of fully integrated North American market with annual sales of nearly 20 million vehicles and annual production of about 16 million units.
  •  According to KPMG, auto parts operations based in Canada typically enjoy an 11.2% labour cost advantage compared to their U.S.-based counterparts. Footnote 2
  • Under NAFTA and the free trade agreement with the European Union, Canada enjoys preferential access to some of the largest and most important automotive markets in the world. These trade agreements allow automotive investors in Canada to benefit from integrated global supply chains and seize new export market opportunities.
  • Canada has an established automotive supply sector comprised of many of the world’s largest auto parts companies. These companies have long-standing relationships with leading car manufacturers globally and provide a strong revenue opportunity for foreign investors.

The Automotive Investment Attraction Hub of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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The Automotive Investment Attraction Hub, within Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), will help investors make Canada their choice. The Hub is a customized one-stop shop that provides concierge service to investors considering Canada. Hub service providers research customized answers to a business’ unique questions. The Hub makes sure investors have the information they need, when they need it.

The Hub’s one-window approach simplifies site selection -- a single point of contact where investors can obtain strategic information about Canada’s low business taxes; abundance of science technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates; automotive innovation funding programs; or any other detail needed to make an informed choice.

Want to know how Canada’s world-class universities can lower R&D costs without sacrificing quality? How Canadian researchers laid the foundation for the neural networks artificial intelligence at the heart of autonomous vehicles? How battery research in Quebec and Nova Scotia is leading the charge to the next level on electric vehicles?

Just ask. ISED’s Automotive Investment Attraction Hub offers investors the research support they need to make the right choice for their company’s future: the Canadian choice.

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Footnote 1

APMA – Canadian Automotive Supplier Industry Briefing presentation; Industry Canada, Statistics Canada. (2013)

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Footnote 2

KPMG, Competitive Alternatives 2014

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