Automotive

Drive Automotive innovation with an end-to-end supply chain in Ontario

Automotive

Drive Automotive innovation with an end-to-end supply chain in Ontario

Global
Automotive Industry

In the fast lane to innovation and connectivity
The global Automotive manufacturing sector is a huge industry, producing 60 million vehicles annually. The industry contributes approximately 3% to the world's GDP.
Two significant trends shaping the industry are the transition to electric vehicles to curb emissions and the rise of connected cars driven by IoT technology.
The Automotive manufacturing market, valued at he industry contributes approximately US $2.9 trillion in 2022, is rebounding from a decline due to the pandemic. It's projected to grow at a 3.71% CAGR from 2020 to 2030, reaching 122.83 million units.

Canadian
Automotive Industry

A world leader in the design and construction of
future-oriented vehicles
Canada's Automotive industry has been a pivotal force in shaping the global industry for over a century. With well-established supply chains and global market accessibility, Canada ranks among the top 20 vehicle-producing nations. The sector contributes CA $12.5 billion to the GDP, employing 117,200 people.
As a top 12 global light vehicle producer, Canada is home to major OEMs such as Stellantis, Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota, assembling 1.4 million vehicles annually. This dynamic ecosystem includes over 700 parts suppliers, including homegrown industry giants like Magna, Martinrea, and Linamar.
As the Automotive sector shifts towards zero-emission vehicle production and autonomous transportation, Canada is taking the lead in three critical Automotive trends - autonomous vehicles, electric buses and EV.

Autonomous Vehicles: Canada already ranks #1 globally for autonomous vehicle partnerships and #1 in government-funded autonomous vehicle pilot projects. Ottawa has collaborated with Blackberry QNX to pioneer on-street AV tests linked to city infrastructure.

Electric Buses: The nation is driving the transition to eco-friendly public transport with top electric bus manufacturers like Green Motor Power Company, Lion Electric, New Flyer, and Nova Bus. Committing to an emissions-free future, Canada plans to deploy 5,000 zero-emission buses and 5,000 charging stations by 2025.

EV: Canada ranks #6 globally for heavy-duty electric vehicle production. Companies worldwide are tapping into the country’s potential for EV battery and fuel cell production, EV manufacturing, components, and more. Canada propels the electric vehicle industry forward with abundant minerals and an end-to-end supply chain.

Canadian Automotive Industry

A world leader in the design and construction of future-oriented vehicles
Canada's Automotive industry has been a pivotal force in shaping the global industry for over a century. With well-established supply chains and global market accessibility, Canada ranks among the top 20 vehicle-producing nations. The sector contributes CA $12.5 billion to the GDP, employing 117,200 people.
As a top 12 global light vehicle producer, Canada is home to major OEMs such as Stellantis, Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota, assembling 1.4 million vehicles annually. This dynamic ecosystem includes over 700 parts suppliers, including homegrown industry giants like Magna, Martinrea, and Linamar.
As the Automotive sector shifts towards zero-emission vehicle production and autonomous transportation, Canada is taking the lead in three critical Automotive trends - autonomous vehicles, electric buses and EV.

Autonomous Vehicles: Canada already ranks #1 globally for autonomous vehicle partnerships and #1 in government-funded autonomous vehicle pilot projects. Ottawa has collaborated with Blackberry QNX to pioneer on-street AV tests linked to city infrastructure.

Electric Buses: The nation is driving the transition to eco-friendly public transport with top electric bus manufacturers like Green Motor Power Company, Lion Electric, New Flyer, and Nova Bus. Committing to an emissions-free future, Canada plans to deploy 5,000 zero-emission buses and 5,000 charging stations by 2025.

EV: Canada ranks #6 globally for heavy-duty electric vehicle production. Companies worldwide are tapping into the country’s potential for EV battery and fuel cell production, EV manufacturing, components, and more. Canada propels the electric vehicle industry forward with abundant minerals and an end-to-end supply chain.

Why Choose Ontario
For Automotive

Ontario is the 3rd largest vehicle-producing jurisdiction in North America
Ontario’s end-to-end Automotive ecosystem includes premier vehicle assemblers, parts manufacturers, and research centres. The expertise of Ontario's Automotive spans from initial prototyping to advanced production line automation systems and comprehensive global logistics software.
Revolutionary breakthroughs have emerged from Ontario's research labs that are driving the trajectory of connected-car technologies, autonomous vehicles, and electric-hybrid powertrain systems.
 
In 2016, Ontario pioneered Canada's first on-road testing of autonomous vehicles through the Automated Vehicle Pilot Program. Furthermore, Ontario and Michigan formed a continent-wide supply chain to jointly develop a cross-border testing platform for mobility technologies to facilitate seamless crossings across land, air, and water.
Currently, there are over 400 Ontario-based companies pioneering connected, autonomous and mobility technologies.
 
Between Detroit-Windsor and Ottawa lies a 500 mile corridor of Automotive, connected and autonomous vehicle technology, and several artificial intelligence clusters – often called Ontario's Automotive corridor.
  • Windsor is known as the birthplace of Canada’s Automotive industry and it is home to Canada’s largest auto cluster. They also recently top technology industries in the history of the province, a CA $5 billion investment by LG Energy Solution, Ltd. (LGES) and Stellantis N.V. to establish a battery manufacturing facility in Windsor.
  • Cambridge’s Automotive history started in 1985 when Toyota chose the city for a new manufacturing plant to produce the Corolla in Canada. Toyota has expanded and now also produces Lexus RX 350, RX 450h, and Toyota RAV4 – the first plant outside of Japan to produce a Lexus. The Cambridge Toyota plant spans over three million square feet and in 2014 was ranked by J.D. Power as the top auto plant in the world for initial quality. Alongside Automotive assembly, Cambridge’s extensive supplier base supports the broader Automotive sector and southern Ontario’s industry.
  • Waterloo Region has many research institutions and pioneering organizations that drive Automotive innovation, including renowned incubators like the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), Institute for Quantum Computing, and Conestoga College’s Centre for Smart Manufacturing (CSM). This region, aligned with Highway 401, holds a prime spot along Ontario’s Automotive corridor and in North America’s top automotive hubs.
  • Kingston is strategically positioned between Canada’s Automotive corridor and the raw material supply chain, making it a favoured destination for enterprises involved in the EV supply chain. The city’s proximity to essential battery raw materials like cobalt, graphite, lithium, and nickel also provides a distinct edge for companies involved in the worldwide battery supply chain.
People are at the core of Ontario's Automotive industry ecosystem. In Ontario, businesses have access to the highest-educated workforce in the G7 and the second-largest tech cluster in North America.

Ontario is a hub of education and expertise and has 12 universities and 24 colleges that offer auto-focused programs. The workforce here has demonstrated loyalty, averaging nearly nine years with a company, thereby minimizing training and recruitment expenses for employers.

Canada’s trade agreements cover markets valued at over US $50 trillion with 1.7 billion consumers. Canada has free trade agreements with the largest manufacturing markets in the world: the United States (USMCA), the European Union (CETA) and Asia-Pacific (CPTPP).
Your business can have access to 187 million consumers within a day’s drive of the Greater Toronto Area. Ontario has 4 international and 300 regional airports, 250,000 km of roads and highways, a dozen border crossings and the 6th most internationally connected airport in the world.

Ontario’s Automotive Industry Facts

1st

largest Automotive
sector in Canada

5

of the world's top original equipment manufacturers

500

tools, die, and
mould makers

700+

parts suppliers

80%

of production exported
to international markets

6th

most internationally connected airport

Ontario’s Automotive Industry Facts

1st

largest Automotive sector in Canada

5

of the world's top original equipment manufacturers

500

tools, die, and mould makers

700+

parts suppliers

80%

of production exported to international markets

6th

most internationally connected airport

Automotive Funding, Resources and Organizations

Using the Business Benefit Finder, you can find many more government grants and incentives relevant to your tech startup.

Canada’s Innovation Superclusters foster collaboration among industry leaders, SMEs, non-profit organizations, and post-secondary institutions to accelerate growth in five promising sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chains
  • Digital Technologies
  • Oceans
  • Plant Proteins

As a startup in the Automotive sector, based on your product or service, you may be able to apply for membership to the Advanced Manufacturing cluster or AI cluster. Members have the opportunity to propose and participate in Supercluster projects. Approx CA $750 million over five years has been earmarked for Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters.

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) collaborate with Canadians across various economic sectors and regions to enhance investment conditions, boost innovation, and expand Canada’s global trade share.

Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs to promote safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible transportation.

ACE Climactic Wind Tunnel at Ontario Tech University, Windsor Essex’s Virtual Reality Cave, and the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS) at the University of Waterloo have sophisticated validation facilities. 

Area X.O in Ottawa and GM’s Mclaughlin Advanced Technology Track in Oshawa are test sites for mobility technologies.

Canmet MATERIALS in Hamilton is Canada’s largest metal and material fabrication, processing, and evaluation research centre, complemented by its Calgary lab.

The Automotive Centre of Excellence at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is one of the world’s most advanced climatic wind tunnels. It achieves speeds up to 300 km/h, temperatures spanning -40 to +60°C, and relative humidity of 5-95%.

The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research (FPC), a collaboration between Western University and the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Germany, pioneers new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes.

The Waterloo Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS), houses interconnected indoor labs, an outdoor lab, and an advanced computational facility dedicated to the advancement of electromagnetic devices, communication, and sensing systems.

Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Ontario is recognized as a global AI and machine learning hub.

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA)

of Canada champions the interests of the Automotive aftermarket sector, fostering growth and innovation. Visit Site

empowers Canadian Automotive parts manufacturers, driving competitiveness and collaboration within the industry. Visit Site

of Ontario is responsible for transit infrastructure, overseeing vehicle road tests and licensing, enhancing road safety through policy, and coordinating transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area through Metrolinx. Visit Site

assists entrepreneurs in accessing talent, capital, and sales opportunities. Visit Site

has – since 2008 – supported start-ups have generated CA $7.1 billion in revenue, contributed CA $11.7 billion to GDP, and employed 22,800 people in 2020. Visit Site

Automotive Companies in Ontario

logo of automotive company
Alliston Auto
7597 Highway 89, New Tecumseth, ON L9R 1V1, Canada
logo of automotive company arcelormittal
ArcelorMittal
1330 Burlington St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 3J5, Canada
blackberry-qnx-logo
Blackberry QNX
1001 Farrar Rd, Kanata, ON K2K 0B3, Canada
logo of automotive company denso
Denso
900 Southgate Dr, Guelph, ON N1L 1K1, Canada
logo of automotive company ford
Ford
280 S Service Rd W, Oakville, ON L6K 3X5, Canada
logo of automotive company general motors
General Motors
101 McNabb St, Markham, ON L3R 4H8, Canada
hino-logo
Hino
6975 Creditview Rd #2, Mississauga, ON L5N 8E9, Canada
hitachi-logo
Hitachi
89 Galaxy Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6A4, Canada
logo of automotive company honda
Honda
180 Honda Blvd, Markham, ON L6C 0H9, Canada
ingersoll-rand-logo
Ingersoll Rand
291 Traders Blvd E, Mississauga, ON L4Z 2E5, Canada
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Lear Corporation
1652 Tricont Ave, Whitby, ON L1N 9A7, Canada
logo of automotive company linamar corporation
Linamar Corporation
287 Speedvale Ave W, Guelph, ON N1H 1C5, Canada
logo of automotive company magna
Magna
337 Magna Dr, Aurora, ON L4G 7L6, Canada
logo of automotive company martinrea
Martinrea
3210 Langstaff Rd, Concord, ON L4K 5B2, Canada
nextstar-energy-logo
NextStar Energy
9655 Twin Oaks Dr, Windsor, ON N8N 5E8, Canada
logo of automotive company st thomas auto
St Thomas Auto
260 Talbot St, St Thomas, ON N5P 1B4, Canada
logo of automotive company stellantis
Stellantis
2199 Chrysler Centre, Windsor, ON N8W 3Y3, Canada
logo of advanced manufacturing company toyota
Toyota
1 Toyota Pl, Scarborough, ON M1H 1H9, Canada
logo of automotive company umicore
Umicore
4261 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8, Canada
logo of automotive company volkswagen
Volkswagen
777 Bayly St W, Ajax, ON L1S 7G7, Canada
Show Companies
logo of automotive company
Alliston Auto
7597 Highway 89, New Tecumseth, ON L9R 1V1, Canada
logo of automotive company arcelormittal
ArcelorMittal
1330 Burlington St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 3J5, Canada
blackberry-qnx-logo
Blackberry QNX
1001 Farrar Rd, Kanata, ON K2K 0B3, Canada
logo of automotive company denso
Denso
900 Southgate Dr, Guelph, ON N1L 1K1, Canada
logo of automotive company ford
Ford
280 S Service Rd W, Oakville, ON L6K 3X5, Canada
logo of automotive company general motors
General Motors
101 McNabb St, Markham, ON L3R 4H8, Canada
hino-logo
Hino
6975 Creditview Rd #2, Mississauga, ON L5N 8E9, Canada
hitachi-logo
Hitachi
89 Galaxy Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6A4, Canada
logo of automotive company honda
Honda
180 Honda Blvd, Markham, ON L6C 0H9, Canada
ingersoll-rand-logo
Ingersoll Rand
291 Traders Blvd E, Mississauga, ON L4Z 2E5, Canada
lear-corporation-logo
Lear Corporation
1652 Tricont Ave, Whitby, ON L1N 9A7, Canada
logo of automotive company linamar corporation
Linamar Corporation
287 Speedvale Ave W, Guelph, ON N1H 1C5, Canada
logo of automotive company magna
Magna
337 Magna Dr, Aurora, ON L4G 7L6, Canada
logo of automotive company martinrea
Martinrea
3210 Langstaff Rd, Concord, ON L4K 5B2, Canada
nextstar-energy-logo
NextStar Energy
9655 Twin Oaks Dr, Windsor, ON N8N 5E8, Canada
logo of automotive company st thomas auto
St Thomas Auto
260 Talbot St, St Thomas, ON N5P 1B4, Canada
logo of automotive company stellantis
Stellantis
2199 Chrysler Centre, Windsor, ON N8W 3Y3, Canada
logo of advanced manufacturing company toyota
Toyota
1 Toyota Pl, Scarborough, ON M1H 1H9, Canada
logo of automotive company umicore
Umicore
4261 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8, Canada
logo of automotive company volkswagen
Volkswagen
777 Bayly St W, Ajax, ON L1S 7G7, Canada
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