The Ontario Budget didn’t offer the auto industry anything beyond the $40-million plan Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government pledged in February of this year, but the head of Canada’s parts association hinted there is more to come.
New light-vehicle sales in Canada fell 1.4 per cent in March, marking the 13th consecutive month of declines. Automakers sold 184,251 units last month. Ford sales were up 7.2 per cent but those gains couldn't offset slides by FCA, GM and Toyota.
Premier Doug Ford made a good first impression with Trillium Automobile Dealers Association President Susan Gubasta on Monday. The premier officially killed the Drive Clean vehicle emissions program and vowed to fight the federal carbon tax. Gubasta called Ford "a breath of fresh air" compared to former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne.
The short shifts come after the company already temporarily idled the plant three times in 2019. The plant did not operate the first two weeks of January in order to adjust for inventories. It then idled the plant the week of Feb. 18 due to a parts shortage.
The Liberal Government of Canada has pledged $300 million over three years to grant rebates of up to $5,000 for electric or hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles. It will also bolster some green infrastructure in an effort to drive ZEV sales.