A Snapshot of Skills, Talent & Workforce Development: Vehicle Electrification
As the automotive and parts manufacturing industry transitions to the low-carbon economy and embraces advanced digital and automation technologies, a workforce with a broader mix of skills, training and experience will be required. Some of these emerging skills in the electrification value chain include digital skills, knowledge of advanced manufacturing, software development for vehicle electronics, and battery design. Additionally, skills related to battery and charging technologies, along with EV and infrastructure maintenance, and repair skills are expected to be high in demand. In addition to this technical knowledge, non-technical skills and abilities, such as communication skills, leadership, motivation, a learning mindset, and problem-solving skills will all be differentiating factors for the labour pool.
Goods Movement in Ontario: Now and in the Future
Goods movement is an essential part of life in the 21st century. Nearly every product we own or use is transported—often several times—as it moves throughout the supply chain. From the sourcing of raw materials to the delivery of final products, goods movement plays an essential role in getting products to end consumers. This report presents an overview of Ontario’s goods movement industry with a focus on road transportation. It examines the current state of some of the key elements of the goods movement sector, including policies, infrastructure investments, and pilot programs. The report concludes by identifying some opportunities to build upon Ontario’s successes in road transportation. Read the Executive Summary or download the full report.
Introduction to Critical Minerals: Ontario’s Unique Position
The strength of Ontario’s mining sector is matched by that of its automotive sector. With proven track records in both mining and auto manufacturing, an “open for business attitude,” and a highly skilled workforce, Ontario is poised to be a key player in the clean energy transition. Ontario is uniquely positioned to develop a thriving end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) value chain that stretches from critical mineral extraction, processing, and refining to battery production, use, repurposing, and recycling. This report presents an overview of critical minerals, highlights their role in EV batteries, and examines Ontario’s existing strengths in the EV battery supply chain, while identifying opportunities for Ontario to secure its role as a global leader in all stages of the EV battery lifecycle. Read the Executive Summary
Toward a Green Mobility Future: Drivers for Growth and Ontario’s Strengths
As Ontario looks to transition to a more sustainable future, the province is working diligently on leveraging its resources to accelerate EV development and adoption in the province. This report also sheds light on the major strengths of Ontario as a global leader and partner toward reaching a green mobility future. Thanks to these numerous strengths, the world has been eyeing the province as a leading jurisdiction to partner with, learn from, and in which to establish businesses.
Spotlights on Skills and Competencies – Automotive and Parts Manufacturing edition
Ontario’s automotive production industry employs over 160,800 workers across a wide range of occupations. These occupations cover vehicle assembly, parts manufacturing and other supporting jobs related to material, metal and electronics production. This booklet highlights some of the skills that are currently in-demand or forecasted to be in-demand by the industry. It is driven by insights from industry executives, primary research on labour market data and considering the growth and advancement of Ontario’s automotive and parts manufacturing industry. *Revised on August 4, 2021
Introduction to Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure
In this report, we highlight the different types of electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure technologies. We also discuss the major benefits of adopting EVs for both the vehicle owner and the environment, and touch upon the current market dynamics of EV adoption globally and in Canada.
Work Integrated Learning: A snapshot on programs, benefits and opportunities for the automotive and mobility sector
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities can bring significant benefits to both students and employers and help build a strong talent pipeline for the sector. In this insights piece, we provide a snapshot of these benefits, the different types of WIL opportunities, and the programs and initiatives that currently exist to support talent development through the adoption of WIL opportunities at the provincial and federal levels. We also highlight future opportunities to proliferate WIL programs across Ontario’s automotive and mobility sector.
On-Road Trial of Electric Low Speed Automated Shuttles (LSAS)
Driven by an overarching vision to develop and implement state-of-the-art cleaner and more efficient mobility solutions at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels, Transport Canada (TC), in partnership with Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa, launched an on-road electric Low Speed Automated Shuttle (LSAS) trial in Ontario. It builds on anchor support from the Government of Ontario through the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) and founding industry partners over the last two years. This insights piece is developed as part of AVIN’s technology spotlight insights series. It provides a snapshot of the LSAS trial and highlights its key findings. *Revised on May 11, 2021
Smart Mobility and the Future of Transportation Planning Careers
As technological advances and new modes of mobility continue to emerge over the next decade, transportation can improve; in its safety, efficiency, affordability and overall accessibility. The evolution in mobility is resulting in changes to job structures and requirements; current and emerging. In this report, we highlight some of the trends and societal needs driving the transition in mobility offerings, how emerging technologies are responding to these trends and needs, and their influence on the future of transportation planning careers.
Smart Mobility for Off-Road Use: Developments and Opportunities in the Agriculture Industry
In this report, we touch upon the various forces driving the use of smart mobility in the agriculture industry. We also focus on delineating the various forms and types of smart mobility technologies that are part of the technological transformation we see increasingly in agricultural fields and farms. We complement the discussion by highlighting some of the major developments and opportunities experienced worldwide in the context of smart mobility for agriculture use.
Spotlights on Skills and Competencies
The fast-paced development of connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AVs) requires a new generation of diverse talent with a broader mix of skills, training and experience to research, design, test and deliver prototypes and solutions. Driven by insights from industry executives and primary research on labour market data, this booklet highlights some of the technical knowledge areas and tools as well as non-technical skills and abilities that are currently in-demand or forecasted to be in-demand for the C/AV industry.
Workforce Transformation: Realities and Future Outlook for the Automotive and Mobility Sector
In this report, we focus on highlighting how technological changes, labour market dynamics and the impact of the pandemic can influence and reshape occupations and in-demand skills in the automotive and mobility sector. We also discuss key opportunities to support the resilience and adaptability of the automotive and mobility sector’s workforce of tomorrow.