Why Ontario’s auto industry is undergoing a rebirth

Larysa Harapyn, Financial Post November 11th, 2020 Flavio Volpe, president of Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, speaks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harpyn about the upbeat outlook for the automotive sector. He discusses auto technology, rebirths and Project Arrow.

The rebirth of the automotive sector makes Ontario the envy of North America

Flavio Volpe (Contributor), Toronto Star November 6th, 2020 Its no secret that I love cars. I like things with wheels, motors and sinewy designs that cheat the wind and stir the soul. I like cars that connect with each other and drive on their own. I love cars that take families on tours of fall […]

GM to reopen Oshawa assembly plant; as many as 2,300 workers to be employed

Eric Atkins, The Globe and Mail November 5th, 2020 General Motors Co. will reopen its vehicle assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., to meet rising demand for pickup trucks, spending as much as $1.3-billion to retool the factory it closed last year. The first vehicles, GM’s best-selling GMC Sierras and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, will roll […]

How Canadian suppliers could benefit from GM-Honda partnership

Paul Brent, Automotive News Canada October 22, 2020 The tentative  alliance between General Motors and Honda to co-develop vehicles built on shared platforms in North America could be a major boon for Canada’s parts suppliers, particularly those that adopt a similar collaborative approach, say industry executives. Partnerships are already well established among companies stretching from […]

Erin O’Toole says Justin Trudeau playing ‘with lives in a pandemic’ as new confrontation looms over COVID-19 probe

Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star October 22, 2020 OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole accused Justin Trudeau of “playing a game with people’s lives” as another bitter political dispute brewed over the latest Opposition demands for a wide-ranging probe into the Liberal government’s COVID-19 health response. O’Toole savaged the prime minister Thursday for choosing to “roll the dice with lives in a pandemic” the […]

A ‘perfect storm’ of pre-election uncertainty along the U.S.-Canada border

Emma McIntosh, Canada’s National Observer October 22nd, 2020 In normal times, residents of Windsor, Ont., and Detroit, Mich., cross the U.S.-Canada border as easily as many of us might wade through a cool stream on a summer day. Windsor residents would drive across the Detroit River to catch a concert or a sports game. Folks […]

Ford contract opens up new avenues to future of auto industry

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star September 29, 2020 Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association President Flavio Volpe called Unifor’s new contract with Ford Canada a transformational moment in the domestic auto industry. “The impact of this is comparable to when Toyota opened a green field plant in 2007,” Volpe said. “We’ve had a lot of healthy investments in […]

Ford Motor Company of Canada workers ratify deal

CTV News Windsor September 28, 2020 WINDSOR, ONT. — Workers with Ford Motor Company of Canada have ratified a three-year-deal. Unifor released the results on Monday. Voting started Sunday morning after Ford and Unifor came to a tentative deal on Sept. 22. “This is the single biggest investment in the Canadian auto industry in years […]

Courtesy of Ford, Canada’s EV moment has suddenly arrived. Are governments ready for it?

Adam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail September 26, 2020 Suddenly, Canada has a foothold in one of the world’s fastest-growing and most pivotal clean-technology sectors. Only days ago, being a player any time soon in making electric vehicles seemed preposterous. Ontario’s manufacturing heartland, despite its proud automaking history, had been passed over for new investments […]