Canadian automotive Partnership Council (CAPC)

Canadian automotive Partnership Council (CAPC)
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 27, 2006 16:59 ET

Canadian Automotive Partnership Council Discusses Future Direction

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2006) - In their first meeting since May 2005, Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) members discussed progress achieved against its core goals and recommendations, including $7 billion in recent private-sector automotive investment in Canada. CAPC discussed the need to better communicate the industry's strategic importance to Canada's future prosperity, as well as the significant improvements that have been achieved in auto emissions.

The Council focussed on issues of priority and concern, including borders, regulatory harmonization across North America, taxes and trade trends. It recommended the need to further coordinate and engage across federal and provincial departments to address outstanding issues, and to ensure progress is made against CAPC's strategy to attract investment and ensure the Canadian auto sector remains strong and internationally competitive.

All members, including the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Canada's Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Trade and Economic Development, agreed that CAPC continues to be a valuable forum to effectively address issues facing the industry.

Don Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Magna International Inc. and CAPC Chair, stated: "Today's meeting was an important step in the future direction of CAPC. Our industry is facing intense global competition and restructuring, and its future health is not a given. I was pleased to see a renewed recognition and commitment by all members to address the open issues defined by the working groups."

Minister Bernier told the group he will continue to consult with industry towards future initiatives. "Canada's New Government recognizes the importance of the auto industry to Canada. It plays a large role in our well-being, and provides high-paying jobs to thousands of Canadians," said Minister Bernier, who was attending his first meeting with the Council. "We will continue discussing the key issues with industry, and work toward developing clear and measurable actions to help the industry grow. Today's discussions were an important step."

Minister Pupatello, who was also attending CAPC for the first time, noted that: "Our government has been a strong supporter of the auto industry through our Auto Investment Strategy. It has helped leverage more than $7 billion in new investment to Ontario and created thousands of jobs. These partnerships with industry, and forums such as this one are crucial in helping Ontario maintain its lead as the number one auto producer of any jurisdiction in North America."

The Government of Quebec shares CAPC's concerns regarding the competitiveness and prosperity of the Canadian automobile industry. To ensure continued growth in this sector, the Government of Quebec has implemented an action plan that targets market niches where Quebec businesses thrive, including the manufacturing of lightweight parts and materials, and of limited edition vehicles. There is no doubt that Quebec offers various opportunities to meet the new challenges facing the automotive industry.

Each of CAPC's seven working groups reviewed the top priorities that need to be addressed in their respective areas. The working groups are: fiscal/investment policy, human resources, innovation, regulatory compatibility, sustainability, trade infrastructure and international trade.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council is a private sector-led group which was launched in September 2002. It includes senior executives from industry (vehicle assembly, parts manufacturers, aftermarket and dealers), labour and academia, as well as the industry and economic development ministers from the Governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec. The mandate of the Council is to identify actions to strengthen the Canadian automotive industry in the short and long term.

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