Summary of the Evaluation of the Automotive Innovation Fund

March 2018

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Program Description

  • Launched in 2008, the AIF funded large-scale research and development (R&D) and manufacturing projects of $75 million or more that involved advanced, innovative, and/or clean technologies in the automotive sector. In 2017, AIF funding was consolidated into the Strategic Innovation Fund.
  • The AIF contributed to ten projects from 2008 to 2017 with five companies (Ford, Honda, Linamar, Magna, Toyota), with total committed funding of $569.8 million.

About the Evaluation

What the Evaluation Found

Lessons Learned

The following lessons learned were developed to inform the design and delivery of grant and contribution programs providing support to key sectors of the Canadian economy, including the Strategic Innovation Fund.

  1. Flexible and Responsive Programming

    Industry support programs that are flexible and responsive have a greater chance of achieving their intended outcomes. For the AIF, flexible terms and conditions allowed programming to be adapted to each company's particular needs. Changes to the funding mechanism, for example from repayable to non-repayable contributions, also allowed the AIF to respond to changing conditions in the industry.

  2. Performance Measurement and Reporting

    Performance measurement to inform medium- and longer-term outcomes needs to be planned from the inception of a program and data should be collected on an ongoing basis to ensure performance and impact can be fully assessed. Programs need to identify common indicators and clear definitions across projects and ensure participating firms provide the required information as part of their agreements for government support.

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