Ford to announce Ontario engine program in boost to Canada automaking

Reuters

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The Government of Ontario will contribute an additional $102.4 million in support of this project, the statement said, adding that these investments "will attract an additional $1 billion in research and development spending from Ford of Canada, and lead to the creation and maintenance of nearly 800 good, middle class jobs for Canadian workers".

Ford Motor Co.is hiring more than 300 engineers for a new connected vehicle research center in Ottawa. A release from the PMO says, 'the centre will focus on research and development across infotainment, in-vehicle modems, gateway modules, driver-assist features and autonomous vehicles'.

Ford also plans to increase sustainability and fuel-economy research at its Windsor and Oakville operations. It will be joined by facilities in both Waterloo and Oakville, Ontario.

Ford has said it expected to have a self-driving taxi available by 2021.

The three largest North American automakers committed to pumping more than 1 billion Canadian dollars (US$751 million) combined into their Canadian operations a year ago.

In December, BlackBerry QNX announced the opening of an autonomous drive research facility in Ottawa, a move that will lead to the company more than doubling its staff in the coming years at its Kanata offices.

The auto maker made the announcement Thursday in Windsor, Ont., where its Essex Engine Plant will begin building a new V8 engine, preserving 500 jobs.

Ontrario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were at Ford's Essex Engine Plant for the announcement. "Today is a big step forward".

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Spokesmen for Ford and Trudeau declined to comment.

"Ford is being very aggressive but so are many others so they've got a lot of competition. With this substantial partnership, the company and provincial and federal governments are joining forces to ensure Ford will remain a leader in building the vehicles of tomorrow - right here in Ontario", said Ontario minister of economic development and growth Brad Duguid in a statement.

Ford Canada is the country's longest-established automaker, operating with one head office, three regional offices, three assembly and engine plants and two parts distribution centres.

"It is pretty clear what Ford is going after, for instance engineers who have worked on smartphones, worked on Blackberry for instance", Krebs said.

The three largest North American automakers committed to pumping more than $1 billion combined into their Canadian operations previous year.

Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer, said that connectivity is critical to the future of mobility. "Whether it's providing information to help reduce congestion in cities, allowing vehicles and infrastructure to communicate to keep us safer on the road or simply knowing all your personal settings when you enter a self-driving vehicle, connectivity is the key".

Wynne and Finance Minister Bill Morneau were scheduled to visit the Vector Institute, a burgeoning facility in Toronto that's widely pegged as the new worldwide hub for AI innovation.

Last weeks federal budget proposed to consolidate several “business innovation” programs, including the Automotive Innovation Fund and the Automotive Supplier Innovation program.

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