Canada's largest chemical manufacturing sector
Canada’s top tourism market: 55% of all international visitors.
Ontario is a global R&D leader in water technologies.
Highest educational attainment in the OECD.
Among the lowest costs in the G7.
Generous incentives for R&D.
Part of the $20-trillion NAFTA market.
Top ranked on global indices.
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Ontario is where advanced R&D facilities, world-class academic institutions and leading-edge businesses collaborate to transform ideas into globally traded commercial products. It’s where 700+ parts suppliers and 500+ tool, die and mould makers converge along a 400-kilometre automotive corridor, forming one of the most robust supply chains in the world.
The top automakers, 700+ automotive parts manufacturers and 500+ tool, die and mould makers operate here because the infrastructure, skilled trades and more are here.
They're here because they find everything they need: a high-quality workforce, strategic access to the North American market, a dynamic environment for R&D and a culture of high-quality, award-winning manufacturing.
These advantages are part of the reason why we’ve been one of the leading subnational car producers in North America for the past decade.
Ontario produced 16% of all of North America’s light vehicle production over the past five years. See for yourself how Ontario’s recent production numbers stack up against Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and other jurisdictions.
Canada's auto industry is firing on all cylinders.
Ontario's automotive corridor extends from Windsor to Oshawa.
Note our cluster of leading auto assemblers and numerous border crossings.
Our supply chain has designers, engineers and scientists who have dedicated their lives to perfecting the automobile.
What makes the difference? Our workers. With unrivalled industry skills, experience and knowledge, our workers are highly skilled specialists—capable of building to tight tolerances with extreme precision. Ontario also has one of the highest educational attainment rates in the world.
Ontario offers us the best and brightest workers who give their optimum effort every day.
Our 96,500+ autoworkers offer:
Choose the best strategic location for your business. Ontario's diversified economy and manufacturing industries are highly integrated with the $20-trillion NAFTA marketplace.
Ontario offers unparalleled access to the North American market, with 15 road, rail and marine border crossings to the U.S. and five international airports.
Columbus, Dayton and Toronto are almost equidistant from Detroit as are Oshawa, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
Disclaimer: Information contained in this video was current at the time of its production. Statistics quoted are subject to change.
Innovate here. We drive advances in all aspects of automotive technology, performance, design, materials and manufacturing processes.
Why does so much auto innovation happen in Ontario? Because we're at the forefront of vehicle technology research. We have some of the most sophisticated R&D facilities anywhere.
We are actively investing in our sophisticated R&D infrastructure.
Manufacturers doing research in Ontario have access to thousands of world-leading scientists at 24+ auto-focused public research facilities.
Facilities include the McMaster Automotive Research Centre (MARC), the automotive research centre at the University of Waterloo (WatCAR), the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence, and the Fraunhofer Project Centre at Western.
There's some ridiculously cool things happening in the automotive sector from a technology perspective north of the border. That doesn't happen without having that kind of collaborative look and feel, and that collaborative spirit that is kind of Ontario.
Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research
Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy
CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory
McMaster Automotive Research Centre
McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute
McMaster Steel Research Centre
McMaster University and University of Waterloo
Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation (IAMI)
Advanced Ceramics and Nanomaterials
Queen’s University and Royal Military College
Centre for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
Fuel Cell Research Centre
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Automotive Centre of Excellence
Clean Energy Research Laboratory
University of Toronto
Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies
University of Waterloo
Centre for Automotive Research
University of Windsor
Centre for Engineering Innovation
Fluid Dynamics Research Institute
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western
Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources
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Why do corporations with operations around the world continue to manufacture in Ontario when some jurisdictions offer a slew of seductive incentives?
They'll tell you the same thing, time after time: It's the workforce.
Regardless of where companies locate, their sites and manufacturing equipment might be nearly identical. But the workforce makes all the difference.
For parts manufacturers, especially, a quality workforce is critical. Businesses lose clients, opportunities and profits when shipped parts don’t meet customer specifications. A high-quality workforce spots problems and corrects them. Members of a high-quality workforce understand that quality is a process that runs from the start of a job all the way through delivery.
Assemblers who win J.D. Power and Associates awards rely on extensive supplier networks. In the end it’s the plant or the model that wins the award. But all parts manufacturers know that they're a critical part of any client winning that award, and manufacturers also understand that a contract with an assembler is an award in itself.
Since 1990, Ontario assembly plants have won 29 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study awards, the industry's benchmark for new vehicle quality manufacturing. That's a third of the North American awards in the category.
Our automotive parts manufacturers, tool, die and mould makers and other suppliers are also regularly recognized for their top-quality products, groundbreaking innovation and excellence in business.
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