Key Stakeholder Groups
Ontario’s automotive and mobility ecosystem consists of four key stakeholder groups who play important roles in supporting the development of advanced automotive and smart mobility technologies:
Several government entities are responsible for developing policies and frameworks to support the automotive and mobility sector. These entities operate at the federal, provincial and municipal level and collaborate with one another to support and fund R&D, as well as develop relevant codes, standards, frameworks and regulatory policies.
Academia & Research
Ontario’s post-secondary institutions (PSIs) work towards developing their students as future-oriented and adaptive leaders, by giving students the opportunity to test various smart mobility technologies onsite and collaborate with industry partners on practical use cases in areas of transit and mobility. PSI’s also collaborate with industry on R&D projects.
Ontario’s automotive and mobility industry comprises of a broad range of companies and sector groups that vary in terms of their products, services, market focus, size and maturity. It includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), parts manufacturers, major technology companies and auto-tech focused start-ups and small-medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as investors.
Accelerators & Innovation Hubs
Ontario is home to 17 Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) and many economic development organizations and entrepreneurial accelerators. They are responsible for supporting various SMEs, companies, and start-ups, fostering relationships and managing large scale programs in collaboration with the government to help accelerate technology start-ups.
Academic and Training Institutions
Ontario is a highly skilled province with world class universities, colleges and training institutions that contribute significantly to creating a strong pool of technology talent.
colleges and universities in Ontario of which 6 are in the top 300 global universities
yearly graduates in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
4 & 14
are the ranks of Toronto and Ottawa among the top tech talent markets in North America in 2020, respectively
Ontario colleges and 11 universities offer auto-related research initiatives and training programs
Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network
The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) capitalizes on the economic potential of automotive technologies and smart mobility solutions and is catalyzing the growth of a vibrant and diversified automotive and mobility sector.
Funding to support projects related to the development, testing, validating, prototyping, and demonstration of advanced automotive and smart mobility technologies, including funding for talent development.
Regional Technology Development Sites
Locations across Ontario that enable entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs to develop, prototype and validate new technologies, access specialized equipment and obtain business and technical advice.
A focal point for all stakeholders across the province – driving public education, research and thought leadership, convening stakeholder groups, bridging collaborative partnerships, and serving as a concierge for new entrants into Ontario’s ecosystem.
Want to learn more about Ontario’s ecosystem?
Visit the OVIN ecosystem map