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General Motors of Canada is making investments totaling $850 million in R&D in light-weighting materials, mechatronics, software and communications.

General Motors of Canada has made great strides since 2009 when our Government pledged its support to help it restructure. We are encouraged that, thanks in part to that support, GM is now making important investments in the future of the auto sector and manufacturing in Canada.

—Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

GM has also enhanced supplier partnerships on R&D to drive innovation through the supply chain and increase automotive R&D capacity in Canada. For example, GM has partnered with multiple suppliers to develop light-weighting initiatives for the next generation of vehicles. These suppliers will then be able to leverage their global footprints to supply Canadian technology to operations around the world.

GM’s commitments include:

  • Investing in new streams of state-of-the-art advanced technology research at the Canadian Engineering Centre, positioning the Oshawa-based facility as an integral part of GM’s global engineering and R&D networks;

  • Enhancing partnerships with automotive suppliers that strengthen innovation and competitiveness in the Canadian supplier base, including new co-development projects and greater opportunities for start-ups to access funding through GM Ventures; and

  • Continuing to develop formal technology linkages among Canadian universities, institutes, supplier and manufacturers in key technology areas that are aligned with Canadian R&D clusters and GM’s priorities.



This is barely 5% of the $15B they got from Ontario and the Fed Government 3 years ago.

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