Annual Activity Report
NAFTA 2.0/CUSMA/USMCA Renegotiation
When US President Donald Trump signaled his intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, it was critical that stakeholders at the negotiating table understood the needs and concerns of the Canadian automotive parts manufacturing sector. To that end, our president Flavio Volpe was a mainstay of the auto sector discussion both at the negotiating table and in the media. He even coined the phrase ‘Carmageddon’ in the media in reference to the damage that would be done if President Trump went ahead with some of his proposals on trade.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
A proposed Free Trade Agreement between 12 Pacific bordering countries. APMA has defended Canada’s position in negotiations relating to rules of origin reductions. (ongoing consultations)
Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)
The Province of Ontario is introducing legislation for Ontario employers to provide a mandatory ORPP for companies not currently providing a pension plan to employees. APMA has been working with the government to exempt companies already providing a pension plan (defined benefit, defined contribution, etc.) (Government of Ontario has since stopped this as a result of revisions to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)).
Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program and Climate Change Agenda
The Province of Ontario enacted into law its Cap and Trade Program aimed at limiting greenhouse gas pollution, reward innovative companies, generate opportunities for investment in Ontario and create jobs while moving to a low-carbon economy. (APMA advocated on behalf of the interests of our sector companies to ensure their concerns were heard and that exemptions were implemented).
Automotive Supplier Innovation Program (ASIP)
A $100 million over five years program, starting in 2015–2016, to help Canadian automotive suppliers gain a competitive edge through new innovative products and processes. The program will help research and development projects to become commercially viable by supporting product development and technology demonstration on a cost-shared basis with participating firms. (APMA advocated for this program and is part of the decision making process).
Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)
A collaborative working agreement with CAMM to better support and represent the broader Canadian automotive supplier and manufacturing industry to customers and governments. (Established in January 2014).
- Advocating for Canada’s OE automotive suppliers’ interests and fair treatment in Canada’s current high profile international trade negotiations such as TPP, CETA and Canada-China trade talks.
- Working with members, organized labour, government stakeholders and OEMs to maintain and grow OEM assembly mandates in Canada.
- Successfully working with all levels of government to establish first-of-the-kind automotive supplier industry innovation funding support program, including:
- Automotive Supplier Innovation Program (ASIP) – 5 year $100 million Federal Program
- Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) – 2 year $5 million Ontario Provincial Program
- Showcasing Canada’s strong and growing Connected Vehicle – Autonomous Vehicle (CVAV) Technology Product and Service companies.
- Led Demonstration Missions to OEM’s in Michigan and Silicon Valley
- Securing Funding for APMA Member-led CVAV Demonstration Projects
- Advocating on behalf of our industry to the Government of Ontario as it moved through the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) development process and Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program and Climate Change Agenda.
- Creating an APMA Member-focused WSIB Safety Group to enhance workplace health and safety and to reduce participating members’ WSIB premiums.
- Represent industry needs to government for policies impacting operations, including corporate taxation reductions, accelerated rapid depreciation of capital equipment, innovation, research and development and continuous improvement programs.
Networking and Education
- Member interaction, knowledge and sharing through APMA Committees such as SME, APMA-E, HR Development and other Ad-Hoc committees, as required.
- Marketing opportunities through trade missions, North America and International Supplier Days, lead generation, promotions and networking. To see APMA’s International Business Strategy, Click Here.
- Industry market intelligence for members through Industry Tracker and the Market Intelligence Program.
- Distribution of information on changing government policies and laws affecting the industry and providing industry updates.
- Educational events (seminars, workshops, conferences) with discounted member pricing.
- Member Group Benefits Programs for logistics services, health, dental, home and auto insurance.