New Ontario agency targets auto investment as industry eyes China

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada January 5, 2021 The Government of Ontario — eager to attract a new plant from automakers in China — has created an agency to act as a “one-stop shop” for manufacturers scouting places to invest. Invest Ontario, created in July, is touted by the government as the “central agency for […]

Flavio Volpe on the diversity of suppliers, the ‘dignity in making things,’ and USMCA

Canada Conversations with Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association President Flavio Volpe talks about how his members shifted gears to make medical equipment during the pandemic, and how long that might last. He also weighs in on re-shoring manufacturing from China and the opportunities USMCA presents to suppliers. Click here for full […]

Canadian supply chains scramble to avoid coronavirus shutdowns

‘A very small part can stop a line… every part has to be there,’ says automotive spokesperson Janyce McGregor, CBC News March 08, 2020 North American manufacturers and retailers haven’t yet experienced widespread disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak. But contingency plans are in effect for industries that use Chinese suppliers — which, these days, means […]

Maple syrup and the auto industry, economic symbols threatened by the Canada-China crisis

Louis Blouin – Radio Canada, February 4 Canadian business people are anxious about the deterioration of diplomatic relations between Canada and China. If the crisis stretches, small and big players fear to suffer the repercussions. For some, the effects are already being felt. The Trudeau government encourages them to diversify their markets. As the sugar […]

UPDATE 7-Third Canadian detained in China amid Huawei dispute

David Ljunggren, CNBC December 20, 2018 OTTAWA, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A third Canadian has been detained in China following the arrest of a Chinese technology executive in Vancouver, a Canadian government official said on Wednesday amid a diplomatic dispute also involving the United States. The detentions of the Canadians followed the Dec. 1 arrest […]

Auto industry relieved by NAFTA 2.0, but results may be mixed

Regional content rules make supply chains less efficient, hiking prices and threatening sales Janyce McGregor CBC News Sighs of relief rippled across the North American car industry on Monday. There would be no “Carmageddon” caused by auto tariffs torpedoing cross-border trade, now that NAFTA 2.0 had found a safe landing zone. U.S. President Donald Trump had […]

Trump says USMCA trade deal with Mexico and Canada proves tough talk and tariffs work

Damian Paletta, Erica Werner October 1, 2018 – Washington Post President Trump said Monday his successful use of economic threats and other hardball tactics to pressure Canada and Mexico into major trade concessions would serve as a model for future negotiations,putting other world leaders on notice. In a news conference, Trump said he would try […]

Trump Clears Deck for China Trade War With New Nafta Deal

Rich Miller, Andrew Mayeda , Jenny Leonard President Donald Trump looks to be preparing for a potentially protracted economic war with China by clearing the decks of disputes with America’s other trading competitors. In just the last few weeks, he’s struck a last-minute deal with Canada and Mexico, signed a trade agreement with South Korea […]