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News Release - Targeted investments needed to future-proof Canada's automotive sector

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

(February 2019), Ottawa, Ontario — A new report out today from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) finds that maintaining the competitiveness of Canada’s important automotive sector in a rapidly changing industry requires decisive action, collaboration by provincial and federal governments, new policies designed for the new automobility, as well as targeted investment

The report, by two researchers affiliated with the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) tasked with writing the study, assesses the sector’s current landscape and outlines a multi-pronged policy plan to boost competitiveness and avoid plant closures within the Great Lakes Region.


“The good jobs that Canada’s automotive sector provides are the kinds of employment that we should be aiming to promote in Canada. It is possible to future-proof the industry in ways that keep it healthy in a competitive global market.”

John Holmes, Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University.

“We do not accept automotive plant closures as a foregone conclusion. While Canada’s most recent free trade agreements have left our automotive sector more vulnerable to tariff-free, foreign competition, the solutions proposed in this report could promote a revitalization of Canada’s auto industry.

Charlotte Yates, Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Guelph.

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Report: The Future of The Canadian Auto Industry is available for download on the CCPA website.


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