Summary of recommendations
Establish a comprehensive national automotive industrial strategy and program.
Allocate responsibility for Canada’s auto sector strategy to a dedicated Ministry.
Establish a ‘one-stop shop’ investment attraction framework.
Advance trade policies that support job stability and promote ‘fair trade’ principles.
Focus investment in domestic manufacturing of component parts.
Actively support domestic battery-grade material production.
Build Canada’s critical mineral processing sector to maximize domestic economic benefits.
Attract domestic semiconductor production to Canada.
Encourage end-of-life vehicle and battery recycling.
Establish made-in-Canada guidance for government fleet vehicle purchasing.
Develop a joint federal-provincial fleet renewal funding program.
Ensure R&D funding supports Canadian production and employment.
Launch an auto parts supplier transition support program.
Create a dedicated auto industry labour market adjustment program.
Increase vehicle purchase incentives.
Introduce a temporary vehicle trade-in rebate program.
Establish a charging network benchmark of at least one charger for every ten on-road electric vehicles.
Expand clean power production to bolster provincial baseload capacity.
Develop a comprehensive national skills assessment and inventory.
Protect existing scopes of practice and ensure new skills fall within existing Red Seal certification framework in Canada.
Harness interest in vehicle electrification to attract new apprentices.
Require all recipients of public investment supports to establish union neutrality covenants as a condition of funding.
Establish card-based union certification in all jurisdictions.
Require all trade agreements to include strong and enforceable labour provisions.
Develop a sector-based bargaining framework for the automotive parts industry.
Legislate employment equity in all jurisdictions.
Support employers and community organizations committed to hire, train and retain workers in underrepresented communities.
Establish and facilitate a clear process for dialogue between developers and Indigenous Peoples prior to permitting mining activities.
Require fair share agreements between mining firms and Indigenous and Northern communities to localize the economic benefits of mining projects.