Canadian automotive industry
The Canadian automotive industry produces light duty vehicles — cars, vans, pickup trucks; heavy duty vehicles—trucks, transit buses, school buses, military vehicles; and a wide range of parts, components, and systems used in vehicles of this nature. To complement its manufacturing activities, the industry boasts a well-developed vehicle dealer network, plus an aftermarket organization which has grown into a world-class distribution system and service provider.
The Canadian automotive industry is:
- Integrated into NAFTA (i.e. Canada, U.S., Mexico)
- Globally competitive
- The eighth largest in the world with positive trade balance
- A major contributor to the Canadian economy, employing over half a million people
The Automotive and Transportation Industries Branch (ATIB) is responsible for developing and implementing policies, initiatives and services aimed at encouraging innovation, international competitiveness, and sustainable growth in the automotive, truck, and rail sectors.
The branch fulfills its mission by gathering and analysing sectoral and business intelligence from which it develops policies and strategies for promoting trade, attracting investment, advancing new technologies and skills, and enhancing competitiveness. It works in partnership with a number of government departments and agencies. The branch also provides analyses and information products for delivery to industry and government clients.
The program has been established to provide $250 million over five years to automotive firms in support of strategic, large-scale research and development projects to build innovative, greener and more fuel efficient vehicles.
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