Honda Invests in Ontario Facilities for a Cleaner Future
Honda of Canada Mfg. announced this month that they would be investing $492 million into its Ontario manufacturing plants. The investment is intended to modernize its facilities and significantly improve Honda’s carbon footprint, one of the company’s global initiatives. In 1986, Honda was the first Japanese manufacturer to build a facility in Canada. This new investment brings Honda’s total Canadian facilities investment to over 4.7 billion.
Honda Canada is partnering with the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario on this program. Both the federal and Ontario governments will provide conditional grants up to $41.8 million each, representing 17 per cent of Honda Canada’s investment.
Reducing Canada’s Carbon Footprint
“Thank you to both the federal and Ontario governments for creating an environment which will allow us to further modernize our manufacturing facilities and make innovative upgrades possible, including building a state-of-the-art paint shop which will reduce the GHG emissions from our paint process by 44%, further reducing our manufacturing carbon footprint in Canada,” said Jerry Chenkin, President and CEO, Honda Canada Inc. “As a result of these upgrades, HCM will continue to provide thousands of well-paying, high quality jobs in Alliston and throughout Canada.”
“Technology and innovation never stand still, so it’s essential that Ontario’s auto sector remains globally competitive. Honda is a cornerstone of our sector — accounting for about 17 per cent of Ontario’s vehicle output,” added Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “With this partnership, the company and provincial and federal governments are joining forces to ensure that Honda’s skilled Alliston team remains a leader in building the vehicles of tomorrow.”
Honda of Canada Mfg. has the capacity to produce 400,000 Civic and CR-V models annually for the Canadian and North America markets, as well as for export. Of which, approximately 100,000 Canadian-built Civic and CR-V units are sold on an annual basis in Canada. HCM also produces 260,000 four-cylinder engines annually.