It took Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing of Windsor, Ont., about four days to go from being interested in lending a hand to producing the parts another Canadian company desperately needed to fill orders for wall-mount, pump-action hand sanitizer units used in hospitals.
Projects will be selected for funding based on critical needs identified by the federal government and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for both patients and health-care workers. NGen, which leads Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster and manages $230 million in federal money, will manage the funding.
Just because Ontario dealerships can remain open and are able to sell new vehicles during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It also illustrates an previously missed opportunity by the government, one wholesaler points out.
Ford and Hyundai are the latest two automakers to offer Canadian customers financial relief and incentive during the global novel coronavirus pandemic. Current customers can defer payments and new ones can receive one of a number of incentives.
The Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association and federal government have committed to retool auto supply plants to make medical equipment in short supply. And if medical equipment companies refuse to share the technical specifications of their products with the auto industry, “we will force them,” says the head of APMA.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump agreed Wednesday morning to close the border to non-essential traffic in both directions. Production in both countries isn't expected to be affected, if automakers continue to operate their factories.
Because Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. automakers take their cues from their overlords south of the border, decisions about health and safety might not be best for the general public here, or even align with our own government’s policy. Canada risks becoming infected by foreign policy that has been slow and uncoordinated, adding further confusion when we need clarity and consistent action.