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Province Supporting Auto Innovation in Ontario

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Province Supporting Auto Innovation in Ontario

Ontario Partnering With UOIT to Train Students, Reduce Carbon Emissions

Ontario is partnering with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to revolutionize its Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), making it the most comprehensive aero and thermal test centre in the world. 

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, and Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, were in Oshawa today to make the announcement. Through the partnership, ACE will enhance its one-of-a-kind research facility by adding a Moving Ground Plane -- a giant belt that acts as a road moving under a vehicle, simulating the aerodynamic forces against moving vehicles and measuring the physical characteristics in real-world conditions.

The Moving Ground Plane will give students the tools to train and conduct research in a high-tech environment, preparing them for the jobs of the future. It will also help companies and researchers create new energy-efficient products and reduce carbon emissions in the auto industry.

Investing in auto innovation is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing a total of $4 million to enhance the Automotive Centre of Excellence. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is contributing $500,000 and Magna International is contributing $1 million. Multimatic is also providing engineering services from a team of highly talented automotive engineers to help develop this world class set of aerodynamic measurement tools.
  • Moving Ground Planes are the gold standard for aerodynamic research and product development.
  • ACE is the first testing and research facility of its kind in Canada. It was developed in partnership with the Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, UOIT, General Motors of Canada and the Partners for Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE).
  • Ontario plans to increase the number of postsecondary students graduating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by 25 per cent over the next five years, to 50,000 per year. This will give Ontario the highest number per capita of postsecondary STEM graduates in North America.

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“Ontario is pleased to continue its support for UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence – the innovations happening here every day are truly ground-breaking. Partnerships like this are essential to helping our province continue to lead the way in developing and commercializing transformative vehicle technologies. It will help keep Ontario’s auto sector at the cutting-edge of product innovation and competitiveness.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Economic Development and Growth

“Investing in auto innovation helps researchers make breakthrough discoveries to advance technology and drive economic growth across the province. This strategic investment will help accelerate the great work already taking place at the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), which will help pave the way for new auto technologies, companies and jobs.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

“This funding for the Moving Ground Plane confirms ACE as the world’s leading automotive research and testing facility. The Province of Ontario’s generous support, along with that of our industry partners, brings more learning opportunities to our students, generates industrial research, and helps increase economic growth in Ontario and Durham Region while keeping our industry partners here in Canada.”

Dr. Steven Murphy

Incoming President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

“Access to sophisticated engineering tools like this wind tunnel will enable companies like Magna to develop better passive and active aerodynamic products which reduce automobile fuel use and CO2 emissions into the environment.”

Dave Pascoe

Vice-President of Engineering and R&D, Magna International Inc.

“ACE's moving-ground plane will provide Ontario’s automotive industry and research community with the unrivalled capability to develop new innovations that reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.”

Larry Holt

Vice-President of Engineering, Multimatic Inc.

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