Canada is getting an automobility hub in Southern Ontario.
Several groups in Windsor-Essex — two communities that comprise the southern tip of the country and have long been known as the Automotive Capital of Canada — made the announcement Wednesday.
The new Canadian Automobility Hub will focus on advancing the production and adoption of electric, zero-emission vehicles, as well as connected and automated vehicle technology and infrastructure.
The idea is to lure $40 million in foreign direct auto investment in Windsor-Essex.
The hub will work with all levels of government, local post-secondary schools, and bi-national private sector partners to land the investment and innovation in automobility.
Gary McNamara, Essex County warden, says “this hub will make us a leader in developing and manufacturing the vehicles of the future."
The hub will be housed at St. Clair College.
“St. Clair College and the University of Windsor are key partners in the Canadian Automobility Hub and provide the critical bridge between industry and research needed to establish an automobility ecosystem and ramp-up factory,” organisers said in a news release.
Patricia France, president at St. Clair College, said in a statement that students and graduates from the college will have an automotive destination to apply “their technical expertise to advance software and engineering technology.”
“Our local community’s manufacturing strength and skilled workforce means we are a hub for innovation, new tech enterprises, and the auto sector of the future,” France said.
Some of the key private partners are PEM Motion, Windsor Mold Group and Integris.