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 […]

Unifor’s tentative Ford deal will secure employment in Windsor plants

CBC News September 23, 2020 A tentative deal between the union that represents Canadian autoworkers and Ford Motor Co. could bring a “historic investment” to the country’s automotive sector, including Windsor’s two Ford engine assembly plants. The potential three-year deal involving a $1.98-billion investment, announced by Unifor president Jerry Dias Tuesday, promises to stabilize employment for Windsor employees by […]

Ford, Unifor reach tentative deal that includes $1.95B investment, union says

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada September 22, 2020 Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $1.95 billion in its Canadian operations and build five electric vehicles in Oakville, Ont., beginning in 2025, Unifor President Jerry Dias said today. The announcement comes as part of a tentative three-year contract the union and Ford agreed to early Tuesday […]

A Monumental Deal Between Unifor and the Ford Motor Company

Katerina Georgieva, CBC News Windsor September 22, 2020 Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, says this deal indicates that all of Ford’s automotive production will be geared around the product of the future, electric vehicles. (4:41) Click here for full video

Hon. Navdeep Bains: Mining Gives Canada a Competitive Advantage in Electric Vehicle Market

Navdeep Bains, Policy Options September 17, 2020 Canada is already on the leading edge of research into zero-emission vehicles. Our natural resources, used in ZEV batteries, give us another leg up. For decades, Canada’s auto industry has relied on what I would call a “people advantage.” Canadian workers made better quality, innovative vehicles and, as […]

Assembly-plant outlook is grim despite supplier optimism

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada September 11, 2020 When it comes to the competitiveness of the Canadian auto sector, it might be the best of times and the worst of times. Talk with many Canadian suppliers and you’ll hear excitement about what the coming years could bring to the industry as new regional content requirements […]

Ontario Preparing People for Careers in the Auto and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors

Office of the Premier August 31st, 2020 TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $9.3 million in 11 training projects to help approximately 2,000 students and job seekers prepare for auto and advanced manufacturing careers. The funding will support projects from a range of organizations, including auto manufacturers, industry associations, training providers and public universities and colleges. […]

Despite COVID-19, auto sector officials cautiously optimistic

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star August 28, 2020 The strong rebound in vehicle sales, as well as automakers moving ahead again with planned programs, make Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association president Flavio Volpe cautiously optimistic about ongoing Detroit 3 contract talks and the industry’s future. Talks will be challenging, but Volpe feels Unifor’s priority goal of new […]