General Motors recently announced it would hire extra staff and boost its research efforts in Ontario to support further development of new technologies.
The province of Ontario is a very crucial auto-hub for Canada, with five major global automakers having operations in the region: Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. The US’ biggest carmaker said it would expand its Canadian engineering base by hiring 1,000 extra staff over the next few years to focus on areas such as “Autonomous Vehicle Software & Controls Development, Active Safety and Vehicle Dynamics Technology, Infotainment and Connected Vehicle Technology.” GM also announced it would invest 10 million dollars in its Kapuskasing Cold Weather facility so it could improve the testing capabilities of new models and technologies. “We selected Canada for this expansion because of its clear capacity for innovation, proven talent and strong ecosystem of great universities, startups and innovative suppliers,” Mark Reuss, GM Executive Vice President, said.
Earlier this year, GM Canada opened its 2908 Communitech Innovation Lab in Waterloo, Ontario, to concentrate on smartphone applications, ride sharing services and to explore opportunities to incubate new ideas for urban and public transit. In April, the company also announced it bought a piece of land in the south eastern Toronto to open a base for a new Urban Mobility Campus that would include office space, research & development facilities and services such as sales of electric vehicles.