The Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) is a policy research partnership that focuses on maintaining a competitive and sustainable Canadian automotive industry in an increasingly challenging global marketplace.
The automotive industry is critically important to Canada's economic well-being. In recent years it has contributed over 10% of Canada's manufacturing GDP and directly employed over 100,000 people. It also creates significant demand for other goods manufactured in Canada, including steel, rubber, processed aluminum, and textiles. The automotive industry is particularly important in Ontario, which is one of the largest sub-national automotive assembly jurisdictions in North America.
The operating philosophy of the APRC is based on the belief that creating a collaborative research partnership that brings together a range of industry and research experts is the best way to help the industry, policy-makers, and other stakeholders understand the linkages between public policy and a competitive automotive industry.
Dr. Charlotte Yates, formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and currently the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Guelph, has been awarded $2.1 Million from Automotive Partnership Canada to lead the APRC as its Principal Investigator.
The APRC will continue to develop new research and projects including the development of a technology map for the Canadian automotive industry, an evaluation of the impact on new product mandates of government financial incentives, and an assessment of the transferability to Canada of policy tools used by governments around the world.