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Key Initiatives


Current key Public Policy and Advocacy initiatives:

  • The recent U.S. election has brought to a head discussions on revisiting NAFTA.  The APMA has been active in publically advocating for the importance of the trade agreement (prior to the election and ongoing), emphasizing the interdependency of the North American automotive supply chains in anticipation of any potential trade agreement discussions.  Click HERE for a round-up of the most important articles over the last few months on the topic of NAFTA and the need for free trade-partners, in an increasingly global industry.
  • 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 ProgramShowcasing 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
  • Successful in disputing the mandate and quota for Zero-Emitting Vehicles (ZEV’s), urging the Province to withdraw their intention of a prescribed number of electric vehicles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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