• Job Opportunity - Post-Doctoral Fellow

    JULY 30, 2018

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC)

    The Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) is a network of academic researchers, industry partners, and policy-makers that studies the role of public policy in supporting Canada’s globally competitive automotive industry. We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow with a PhD (at the time of writing) in the social sciences, business, engineering, or any policy-related field. Working under the supervision of APRC Principal Investigator Dr. Charlotte Yates and Dr. Greig Mordue at McMaster University, the ideal candidate will be responsible for leading a project that examines the implementation of new production technologies (e.g. Industry 4.0) in Canada’s automotive industry. This is a topic that industry stakeholders and policy-makers have identified as critical to the competitiveness of Canada’s automotive industry moving forward.

    In addition to a PhD, the ideal candidate will have an interest in public policy, manufacturing, and have developed strong qualitative and quantitative research skills in their graduate studies and/or early career work.  They will be expected to develop networks with industry stakeholders and policy-makers during the conception, research design, data collection, and dissemination phases of the research.

    The position is for one year beginning September 1, 2018. The salary will be competitive and includes benefits (for more information on benefits and working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at McMaster see

    Please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter outlining research interests and the names of three referees to the address below. Review of applications will begin immediately. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.

    Dr. Brendan Sweeney

    Automotive Policy Research Centre

    Wilson Hall, Room 3023

    1280 Main St. W.

    Hamilton, ON            CANADA

    L8S 4M4




  • APRC's Holmes Presents NAFTA Research to EDCO

    FEBRUARY 13, 2018

    On February 7th, 2018, APRC research Dr. John Holmes presented ongoing research on the impacts of NAFTA on Canada's automotive industry at the 61st Annual Conference of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. The presentation is available here.

  • Automotive Advisor Releases Report

    JANUARY 22, 2018

    In January 2018, Ray Tanguay, the Automotive Advisor to the Government of Canada and Ontario, released his report based on information gathered over two years about the competitiveness of Canada's automotive industry.

  • Johnson Electric Announces $350M Investment in Ontario

    DECEMBER 4, 2017

    Johnson Electric, the Hong Kong-based parent company of the automotive parts manufacturer Stackpole, announced $350M in investments in its Ontario facilities, including a $24.1M commitment from the Government of Ontario. These investments are anticipated to create over 300 jobs. Stackpole's Canadian facilities are located in Ancaster, Mississauga, and Stratford.

  • APRC's Holmes and Sweeney Comment on Trade Negotiations

    NOVEMBER 6, 2017

    APRC researchers Dr. John Holmes and Dr. Brendan Sweeney commented on Canada's automtoive industry and the ongoing trade negotiations in an op/ed published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • New Report Highlights Recent Growth in Canada's Automotive Industry

    APRIL 25, 2017

    A new report by the Automotive Policy Research Centre shows that Canada’s auto industry enjoyed steady growth and stability in employment and vehicle production during the five-year period between 2012 and 2016. The report is available here.

  • New Report Highlights Impact of Exchange Rates on Canada's Automotive Industry

    APRIL 4, 2017

    This report highlights in the effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations on Canada's automotive industry.

  • APRC Shares Research with Stakeholders in King City

    MARCH 24, 2017

    On March 16th and 17, 2017, APRC researchers shared their recent work with industry stakeholders and policy-makers at a workshop in King City, ON.


  • New Report Studies the Impact of Electricity Pricing on the Auto Industry

    FEBRUARY 13, 2017

    Report Describes Effect of Electricity Pricing on Competitiveness of Ontario’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry


  • APRC Research on Industry Structure Cited in Windsor Star

    JANUARY 11, 2017

    Increasing role of Chinese suppliers.

  • Unifor & GM Reach Tentative Agreement

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

    Unifor & GM reach tentative agreement

  • APRC Research featured in Automotive News Canada

    AUGUST 15, 2016

    The August 15th, 2016 edition of Automotive News Canada includes a story that covers research regarding the impacts of the TPP authored by the APRC's John Holmes and Jeffrey Carey. The CCPA recently published a report authored by Holmes and Carey, who also have a related article forthcoming in a special issue of Canadian Public Policy.

    The Automotive News Canada article is available here.

  • CCPA Publishes Report on TPP by APRC Researchers

    JULY 11, 2016

    The Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives (CCPA) published a report authored by APRC researchers John Holmes and Jeff Carey in July 2016. The report, titled "The Devil is in the Details: the TPP's Impact on the Canadian Automotive Industry," is part of a series of papers published by the CCPA that engage with debates regarding the merits and drawbacks of Canada's potential ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    The report is available here. Others are available on the CCPA's website.

  • APRC attends April 2016 AutoMayors meeting

    MAY 12, 2016

    On April 25, 2016, the Automotive Policy Research Centre presented research findings and outlined upcoming research objectives at an AutoMayors Roundtable meeting in Oakville, Ontario.

  • APRC hosts 2016 APRC-CPP Policy Workshop

    APRIL 4, 2016

    On March 17th & 18th, 2016 the APRC hosted a workshop to present and discuss APRC research on a number of different projects.

    Presentations from this event will form the basis of papers to be published in a special issue of the academic journal Canadian Public Policy later this year.

    The 2-day event featured a plenary presentation by Case Western Reserve University professor Dr. Susan Helper, a roundtable discussion on manufacturing policy featuring Dr. Thomas Klier (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago), Dr. Matthias Oschinski (Ontario Ministry of Finance) and Dr. Alex Covarrubias (Sonora College of Mexico), and more.

  • Canada should not "rush" to copy Mexico's auto investment agency, says study

    MARCH 10, 2016

    "Canadian governments should not “rush” to duplicate Mexico’s one-stop shopping investment agency that has been credited for luring automotive jobs and plants into that country, a new study said Thursday."

    Read the Windsor Star's full coverage of the APRC's most recent report here.

  • APRC sends industry survey to Canadian plant managers

    AUGUST 6, 2015

    The APRC recently sent an industry survey to plant managers at more than 700 automotive parts and automotive tooling plants in Canada.

    The survey, titled Survey of Competitiveness and Innovation in the Canadian Automotive Parts Industry is being conducted by APRC Academic Partners, Dr. John Homes and Dr. Tod Rutherford.

  • APRC presents research findings at Ontario Auto Mayors' roundtable

    MAY 20, 2015

    On May 15, 2015, Charlotte Yates, Principal Investigator for the APRC, presented new research findings at an Ontario Auto Mayors' roundtable summit in Oakville. 

    Attended by representatives from Government, industry and academia, its clear there is an appetite for a well-organized strategic position and manufacturing policy framework in Ontario.

  • Canada facing grim outlook for auto trade

    MARCH 25, 2015

    "Canada’s automotive trade deficit topped $10-billion last year and threatens to deepen as more assembly plant closings loom and free-trade agreements with the European Union and South Korea take effect."

    Read the Globe and Mail's full coverage of the APRC's latest report "Whatever Happened to Canada's Automotive Surplus" here.

  • Auto industry decline hits young families hardest, study finds

    JANUARY 27, 2015

    "Young families and people under the age of 25 have been hit the hardest by the decline of the auto industry in Windsor, a new study of the automotive industry shows. 

    The report, put together by researchers at the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) in Hamilton, shows the relationship between automotive manufacturing and healthy communities and economic status of families."

    Read's full coverage of the APRC's latest publication "Local and Regional Labour Market Trends in the Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Industry"  here.  

  • Young families hardest hit by auto sector’s decline, report finds

    JANUARY 27, 2015

    "Young Windsor families are bearing the economic brunt of the decline in the region’s auto industry, according to a new report by researchers at Hamilton’s McMaster University."

    Read the full Windstor Star article about the APRC's most recent report here. 

  • Auto Report Shows Families Hurting

    JANUARY 27, 2015

    "A new report from the Automotive Policy Research Centre out of Hamilton shows governments lost out on $7-billion in tax revenue because of the downturn in the auto industry.

    Young families in Windsor are taking the biggest hit according to the report. It’s suggested those families ages 25-34 years old in Windsor have seen the worst annual dollar decline of about $18,000 between 2000 and 2012."

    Read Blackburn radio's full report here. 

  • ZF to Acquire TRW

    NOVEMBER 21, 2014

    TRW shareholders approve $13.5 billion takeover by ZF.

  • Electric Vehicles Move Closer to Widespread Use

    NOVEMBER 17, 2014

    Dr. Charlotte Yates discusses the growth of electric vehicles in Canada.

  • Honda Investing in Canada

    NOVEMBER 6, 2014

    Honda will invest $857 in three Canadian plants, with help from the government.

  • Ford Adds 1,000 Jobs at Oakville Plant

    OCTOBER 1, 2014

    The Ford Motor Company of Canada is adding 1,000 jobs to it's Oakville plant, the exclusive producer of the Ford Edge SUV.

  • Canadian Parts Makers Fight Southward Shift

    SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

    Canadian auto parts makers seek to retain production and employment in Canada.

  • APMA Unveils 'Connected Car'

    JUNE 4, 2014

    Emphasis on convergence of automotive and information technologies.

  • Dr. Charlotte Yates Discusses Chrysler Announcement

    MARCH 6, 2014

    APRC Principal Investigator and McMaster's Dean of Social Sciences Dr. Charlotte Yates discussed the developments at Chrysler Canada on CBC's Windsor Morning.

  • CAPC Releases Report: A Call for Action II

    NOVEMBER 26, 2013

    The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council's report on competitive issues facing the automotive industry.

  • Globe and Mail, Hamilton Spectator Report on APRC

    FEBRUARY 24, 2013

    The Globe and Mail and Hamilton Spectator have reported on the official announcement of funding for the APRC.

  • APRC Funding Officially Announced by APC and McMaster

    FEBRUARY 22, 2013

    On February 22nd, 2013, Gary Goodyear, Federal Minister of State (Science and Technology) officially announced $2.1 Million in funding from the APC for the APRC.