Sector Overview

Ontario is a world-leading jurisdiction in the automotive and smart mobility sector, with a long history of manufacturing, world-class academic institutions, and a strong innovation ecosystem contributing to its success.

Key Facts

Ontario is home to five of the top global automakers – FCA, Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota. The province was ranked as North America’s top auto producing region in 2017.


of Ontario’s overall GDP is contributed by the automotive sector as of 2017

2.2 million

vehicles are produced every year in Ontario as of 2017


of Ontario-made vehicles and parts are exported―the sector represents the largest share of Ontario goods exports as of 2019


direct jobs in addition to thousands of spinoff jobs are supported by the automotive and mobility sector


automotive part manufacturers and over 500 tool, die, and mold makers operate in Ontario


companies producing autonomous vehicle technologies


SMEs registered in Ontario under the automotive and mobility ecosystem


of Canadian trucking companies are located in Ontario

Segments of the Sector

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (C/AV)

The research, design, development, testing and operation management of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies for cars, shuttles, trucks, buses, delivery vehicles and drones.

Auto & Parts Manufacturing

The manufacturing and assembly of auto parts, including transmission and power train components, engines and engine parts, body parts and trim, electronics, braking systems, and steering and suspension components.

Tool, Die & Mold

Making, repairing and modifying custom-made, prototype or special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges using various metals, alloys and plastics which require precise dimensions.

Aftermarket, Maintenance & Repair

Auto inspection, repair, replacement and service of mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components by motor vehicle dealers, garages, fleet maintenance companies, service stations, and automotive specialty shops.

Freight & Goods Movement

The transporting and warehousing of goods as well as providing logistics services. It includes the four transportation modes (trucking, rail, air and marine) as well as postal services, couriers and messengers, and warehousing and storage.

Mobility Planning & Infrastructure

The planning, design, development, management and operation of mobility services and associated infrastructure. This includes roads, public transit, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), shared mobility services and the built environment.