The province has launched the Northern Regional Technology Development Site (RTDS) in North Bay.
Officials say RTDS will connect Ontario’s manufacturing power with Northern Ontario mining and mining expertise, talent and leadership. It will also provide Northern businesses and elective vehicle (EV) companies with the support they need to help build the next generation of low-carbon, autonomous electric vehicles.
“As we make a rapid and inexorable transition to a cleaner, greener, more sustainable and more prosperous province, Ontario is leading the way,” says Robert Deline, Managing Director, Innovation, Ontario North Initiatives. “The Northern Ontario Regional Technology Development Site will ensure that Northern Ontario is fully networked and a major partner in accelerating the development of new innovations and valuable intellectual property, which will contribute to the next generation of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). contributing technologies and maximizing the substantial benefits of a broader and more active critical minerals strategy.
The site brings together post-secondary institutions, Regional Innovation Centers, incubators and accelerators, municipal and regional resources, industrialists and other regional collaborators. Officials say it will help companies develop Ontario’s electric vehicle supply chain, including initial refining of critical minerals, design of downstream battery cells and electric vehicle powertrain, manufacturing and other technologies related to electric vehicles.
“Right now, Ontario is in a unique position to become a North American hub for electric vehicles and we will continue to invest in Ontario’s manufacturing and innovation ecosystem as we build the cars of the future,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “We are ensuring that our innovators, entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises in all regions of the province have the capital and support they need to bring electric vehicle and connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) solutions to the world. made in Ontario. ”
The Northern Ontario RTDS joins six others across Ontario. They are part of a flagship program to drive innovation and investment in Ontario’s electric, connected and autonomous vehicle sector.
A $56.4 million investment in OVIN is part of the government’s plan to secure deals and secure production mandates for hybrid and electric vehicles, create a national battery ecosystem and strengthen the position of Ontario as a North American center of automotive and EV innovation.
“Canadore College, already a leader in economic development, is pleased to be part of the OVIN Regional Technology Development Site for Northern Ontario,” said George Burton, President and CEO of Canadore College. “It’s great to be a partner with communities, agencies and institutions across the region in the development of electric vehicles, helping to grow Ontario’s green economy and creating future opportunities.” jobs for our graduates.
With files by Brad Aubin