The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) met in Detroit to discuss the new Canada-US-Mexico free trade agreement.
The meeting was held at the North American International Auto Show to converse about the continuous change and progress within Canada’s automotive industry, and what future impacts to expect with regards to its growth and competitiveness.
The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Hon. Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, also participated in the meeting.
“Our government is cutting red tape and unnecessary regulatory burden to make Ontario’s vehicle assembly and parts plants more competitive. We are getting government out of the way of job creators ― including those in the auto sector ― so they can continue to grow, invest and thrive right here. Ontario is open for business.” said Ontario Minister Todd Smith.
Members at the meeting highlighted how the free trade agreement has contributed to the stability within the North American market. However, a concerted effort to resolve the ongoing steel and aluminum tariffs must be made to refocus on the future of the industry and mobility.
“Looking forward, this level of collaboration will serve as an important foundation in resolving the steel and aluminum tariffs and enable us to work together in promoting the competitiveness of the Canadian automotive industry,” noted CAPC Chair Don Walker.
Michael Robinet, Director at IHS Markit, also attended the meeting as a guest speaker to explain global trends on connectivity, electrification, robotics, and international trade and they influence the future of Canada’s auto industry.
“Canada is uniquely positioned to design, develop, and build the car of the future,” commented the Hon. Navdeep Bains. “Our strong manufacturing base combined with our high-tech clusters and world-class workforce makes Canada a natural home for companies that are shaping the future of the automotive sector.”