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Leading Canada’s automotive future

In Waterloo, automotive starts with Canada’s largest automaker, Toyota, which has won 16 J.D Power and Associates Awards for quality at its Waterloo-based operation. Add in dozens of top tier suppliers, an unmatched automotive research capacity and innovation labs for companies like Bosch and Ford, and you can see why Waterloo is a powerhouse in automotive, autotech and mobility.

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Waterloo at a Glance


The University of Waterloo’s WatCAR is the largest university-based automotive research centre in Canada.


More than 90 automotive and autotech companies are developing groundbreaking technologies in Waterloo.

Canadian Automotive Corridor

At the heart of the Canadian automotive corridor. Located along Canada’s 401 superhighway, the Ontario automotive corridor is one of the richest concentrations of auto-related resources in the world.

What you’ll find within 298km/185mi of Waterloo:

  • 700+ automotive suppliers
  • 10 OEM R&D centres
  • 13 assembly lines
  • 5 powertrain facilities.

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Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research

WatCAR focuses on collaborative research in automotive and transportation systems and facilitates relations between those in the automotive industry and more than 125 university faculty researchers.

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Applied Nanomaterials and Clean Energy Lab

Located at the University of Waterloo, this lab develops advanced nanomaterials for use in sustainable energy solutions, including fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, lithium sulphur batteries, metal air batteries and next generation batteries.

Autonomous Vehicle Research And Intelligence Lab

AVRIL is helping create tomorrow's advanced mobility options including automated driving, vehicle connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems.

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They Choose Waterloo

From global leaders to the next big thing, these companies are building the future in Waterloo

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" What we’re doing here in Ontario is changing the footprint of Ford forever. "

Gary Jablonski

Chief Engineer, Sync Technologies, Ford

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