Toronto, Ontario – The federal government has announced the establishment of a $145 million automotive research fund designed to keep the Canadian auto industry competitive and sustainable. The announcement was made by industry minister Tony Clement.
“Automotive Partnership Canada will enhance our automotive research capacity, fuelling made-in-Canada innovation, increasing our ability to compete internationally, and bringing long-term benefits to this important sector,” Clement said. “Our government is investing in research and development not only because it will lead to greener, better-performing vehicles, but because it will create jobs and strengthen the economy for future generations.”
The program will support R&D projects in specific areas, including alternative fuels, next-generation manufacturing, advanced powertrains, and lighter or more sustainable materials. Proposals will be selected through rigorous, independent peer review. Those funded under the initiative will be led and submitted by university or government researchers, but they must be clearly driven by industry needs.
Clement said that the $145 million, provided over five years, will be provided by various groups, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Research Council Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program.