Media Releases

Unifor Agreement Ensures Long-term Job Stability

October 2016

The Auto Mayors are encouraged to see an ongoing victory for jobs, growth and innovation in the auto sector through the agreements recently negotiated by Unifor.

October 25, 2016

These agreements offer the kind of long-term job security auto workers have not enjoyed since before the 2008 recession.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Provincial Support for New Auto Jobs Welcomed by Auto Mayors

June 2016

The Auto Mayors are pleased to see yet another major investment in Canadian auto, with Premier Kathleen Wynne's announcement of an $80 million grant to support the automotive sector in Windsor ON.

June 15, 2016

Recent investments in software development and research jobs demonstrate exactly what makes Canada attractive to auto manufacturers.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Auto Mayors Applaud GM's Investment in Canadian Innovation

June 2016

General Motors Executive Vice President Mark Reuss announced today the addition of 1000 highly skilled engineering and software jobs in Oshawa's Tech Centre and a new software development centre in Markham.

June 10, 2016

This announcement speaks volumes about the potential growth in Canadian automotive research and engineering.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Auto Mayors Act to Protect and Grow Auto Jobs

April 2016

At a policy meeting in Oakville on Monday, the Ontario Auto Mayors agreed on key priorities to protect and grow advanced manufacturing auto jobs in their communities and across Canada.

April 30, 2016

Auto is Canada's largest manufacturing sector, Ontario's chief export, and the lifeblood of our communities. These priorities will inform the way we work to protect and grow good, middle-class jobs.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Auto Mayors reinforce the need for advanced manufacturing policies

November 2015

The Ontario’s Auto Mayors continue to stress the need for national and provincial advanced manufacturing policies after preliminary reviews of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

November 10, 2015

The need for a national strategy to sustain, strengthen and grow Canada’s auto sector has been highlighted through the TPP process and resulting disappointing agreement for Canada’s auto sector. We need to develop and implement national policies that will keep automotive investment in Canada and allow the auto sector to stay competitive.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Ontario Auto Mayors call on new Liberal government to ensure a level playing field in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

October 2015

The Ontario Auto Mayors are urging the new government to protect the competitiveness of Canada's auto sector which may be threatened under the terms negotiated for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

October 28, 2015

This trade agreement will have profound implications for the Ontario auto sector and for our communities if it fails to properly maintain the uniquely integrated nature of the auto industry in North America. The Auto Mayors are anxious to work with the new government to maintain and expand automotive manufacturing in Ontario.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Auto Mayors request a copy of the TPP agreement

October 2015

The Ontario’s Auto Mayors have requested a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and all related side letters and agreements from the federal government immediately to evaluate the impact of the deal on the auto sector.

October 13, 2015

Our goal is to ensure that Canada continues to have a competitive and successful auto sector that will create and sustain value-added manufacturing jobs. Reviewing the TPP agreement and related materials in its entirety will help determine the impact of the agreement and define the federal government’s long-term strategy for the automotive sector.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Auto Mayors comment on TPP Announcement

October 2015

During the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Ontario Auto Mayors urged the federal government to keep the automotive trade rules harmonized between Canada and the U.S. Based on today’s announcement, the Auto Mayors are concerned that the TPP agreement includes significant differences in the trade rules between Canada and the U.S., in particular the difference in length of transition time for Canada’s auto tariffs.

October 5, 2015

The Auto Mayors will reserve further comment until they have had the opportunity to review the agreement in its entirety and better understand the federal government’s long-term strategy for the automotive sector.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Auto Mayors say TPP must keep CANADA-U.S. auto trade rules haromonized

October 2015

In a letter to the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, the Ontario Auto Mayors have urged the federal government to keep the automotive trade rules harmonized between Canada and the U.S. in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

October 1, 2015

This trade agreement will have profound implications for the Ontario auto sector and by extension the Canadian economy. A successful TPP outcome would secure the same automotive terms as the United States.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Ontario's partnership with Toyota is great news for the automotive sector in Ontario and Canada

July 2015

The Ontario Auto Mayors are pleased with today's announcement by the Ontario government to partner with Toyota Manufacturing Canada Inc. by investing in new technology to help sustain Toyota's Cambridge and Woodstock assembly plants.

July 31, 2015

There is a continuing need for new investment to sustain and grow the automotive industry in Canada. Today’s announcement recognizes this need and is a great example of partnership and investment between governments and the automotive sector.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Advancing National, Provincial Auto Manufacturing Policy

June 2015

This fall the Ontario Auto Mayors plan to meet with Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid to discuss the development and implementation of an advanced automotive manufacturing policy.

June 16, 2015

As Chair of the Ontario Auto Mayors and Mayor of Oakville, I am confident that Mr. Tanguay's first-hand experience in the industry - he recently retired as chairman of Toyota Canada - will aid in our goal. Development and implementation of an advanced automotive manufacturing policy at the provincial and federal levels will drive prosperity and create good jobs in our community.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
Ontario Auto Mayors call for advanced automotive manufacturing policy framework - 2015

Ontario Auto Mayors Call For Advanced Automotive Manufacturing Policy Framework

May 2015

Ontario Auto Mayors are calling for development and implementation of collaborative and cohesive national and provincial advanced automotive manufacturing policy.

May 15, 2015

Development and implementation of advanced automotive manufacturing policy at provincial and federal levels will drive prosperity and create good jobs for Canadians. Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
Ontario Auto Mayors reinforce the need for a national automotive strategy - 2015

Ontario Auto Mayors Reinforce the Need for a National Automotive Strategy

May 2015

The Ontario Auto Mayors are concerned with General Motors of Canada's announcement to cut 1,000 jobs at the Oshawa assembly plant as result of a production shift of the Chevrolet Camaro. Production of the Camaro in Oshawa will stop in November 2015 and start in Michigan, U.S.

May 1, 2015

Canada has now lost out on several investment renewal opportunities in the automotive manufacturing sector. These losses confirm the immediate need to strengthen our national policies to keep automotive investment in Canada. Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
Ontario Auto Mayors stress the need for a national automotive strategy - 2015

Ontario Auto Mayors Stress the Need For a National Automotive Strategy

April 2015

The Ontario Auto Mayors are concerned with Toyota's decision to move production of its popular Corolla sedan from its plant in Cambridge, Ontario Canada to a new assembly plant in Guanajuato, Mexico.

April 15, 2015

This announcement highlights the need to strengthen national policies to keep automotive investment in Canada and we need to do this immediately. Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
Ontario Auto Mayors encouraged by Ford Motor Company's addition of 400 new employees - 2015

Ontario Auto Mayors Encouraged by Ford Motor Company's Addition of 400 New Employees

February 2015

The Ontario Auto Mayors are pleased with yesterday's announcement by Ford Motor Company that the production of the all-new 2015 Ford Edge would be manufactured in Oakville, Ontario, creating new jobs for 400 people.

February 27, 2015

This is an excellent example of partnership and investment between governments and the auto-motive sector that resulted in job creation and will stimulate the Canadian economy. Ford Motor Company’s Oakville plant is now in a position to successfully compete nationally and globally. Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
Ontario Auto Mayors Roundtable Support Recent Government Funding to the Auto Sector - 2015

Ontario Auto Mayors Roundtable Support Recent Government Funding to the Auto Sector

January 2015

The Ontario Auto Mayors Roundtable support the federal and provincial governments’ investment of $101 million to Linamar Corporation, a parts and auto manufacturer, which is expected to create jobs in the sector.

January 13, 2015

This announcement signals the federal and provincial governments’ continued collaboration to support the auto industry, which is a vital component of our economy. Providing this funding for job creation is critical for long-term sustainability and growth, ensuring that Ontario continues to benefit from a competitive automotive manufacturing. Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
Ontario Mayors Roundtable - March 2014 Update

Auto Sector Key to Economic Prosperity in Ontario

March 2014 Update

The Ontario Auto Mayors are reaffirming their support for Ontario's auto sector and the critical role that government policy plays in keeping the auto industry strong and competitive.

March 28, 2014

Capital investment in the automotive industry is imperative to remain globally competitive. As mayors of communities who directly contribute to the strength of the Canadian economy through our assembly plants and associated businesses, we know we drive economic strength all the way from resource extraction, processing, parts making, assembly, shipping, sales, service and other high quality businesses and jobs. We strongly encourage provincial and federal officials to continue to provide incentives to ensure ongoing investments are made in Canada’s automotive industry. Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
Ontario Mayors Roundtable - Fall Summit 2013

Ontario Mayors Plan Automotive Policy Summit

Fall Summit 2013

Mayors from across Ontario are reactivating the Automotive Mayors Caucus to organize an automotive Policy Summit next year.

October 29, 2013

There is a resurgence of automotive manufacturing in the US and growing investment in Mexico, Mayor Rob Burton said. We need to reenergize, grow our industry, and create new jobs to ensure that Ontario continues to benefit from automotive manufacturing. Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173