Automotive sector

UPDATE: Canada’s auto sector faces supply chain disruptions

Various factors are forcing Canadian automobile production plants to reduce their capacity.

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Plant contacted automotive suppliers that produce vehicles in Canada, as well as associations, to see how they are dealing with the various disruptions.

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association

FEBRUARY 11 UPDATE: “CVMA welcomes Ontario’s new emergency measures just announced, but reiterates the need for swift, coordinated and judicious enforcement action as unlawful protests continue to affect thousands of people and their livelihoods on both sides of the border,” said Brian Kingston. , President and CEO, Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association.

ORIGINAL STATEMENT: “Ongoing border blockades are disrupting trade and now hurting thousands of auto workers on both sides of the border,” said Brian Kingston, President and CEO of the Canadian Automobile Manufacturers Association. vehicles. “The time has come for our governments at all levels to enforce their laws, end blockades and restore cross-border trade.”

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Ford of Canada

“This Detroit/Windsor Bridge disruption is hurting customers, autoworkers, suppliers, communities and businesses on both sides of the border who have already experienced two-year parts shortages resulting from the global semi- drivers, COVID and more,” said Rose Pao, Communications Manager, Ford of Canada.

“We hope this situation will be resolved quickly as it could have a widespread impact on all automakers in the United States and Canada. We are now operating our Oakville and Windsor plants at reduced capacity.

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Honda Canada

UPDATE FEBRUARY 14: “Honda of Canada Mfg. will only be running production on one line due to a previously scheduled downtime unrelated to the border issue. All of Honda’s automotive manufacturing operations in United States are open and in production,” said a Honda Canada spokesperson.

FEBRUARY 11 UPDATE: “Due to border delays, Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ontario is to temporarily suspend manufacturing on a production line during the day shift on Friday February 11,” said John bordignonBrand Communications, Honda Canada.

“All Honda U.S. automotive manufacturing operations are currently scheduled to start production on Friday, February 11. As the situation remains fluid, we are monitoring the transportation disruption between Canada and the United States and will adjust production as necessary. .”

ORIGINAL STATEMENT: “Honda’s automotive manufacturing operations in the United States and Canada are currently open and in production. Honda of Canada Mfg. temporarily suspended manufacturing on a production line last night due to border delays, but is back online,” said John bordignonBrand Communications, Honda Canada.

“We continue to monitor transportation disruptions between Canada and the United States and will adjust the production schedule as necessary. Further production delays due to these disruptions are certainly possible. »

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Stellantis Canada

UPDATE FEBRUARY 14: “Stellantis curtailed a number of shifts at US and Canadian factories last week due to parts shortages caused by the Detroit/Windsor Bridge closure. We will not comment on projected losses. “, but will seek to offset this production in the coming months. We are working with our carriers to get parts to factories as quickly as possible to mitigate any further disruption. Operations resumed Monday morning as planned,” said LouAnn Gosselin, Head of Communications – Canada, Stellantis.

ORIGINAL STATEMENT: “All Stellantis plants in North America have been operating since Thursday morning, but a number of US and Canadian plants cut second shifts short Wednesday evening due to parts shortages caused by the Detroit Bridge closure. / Windsor. We continue to work closely with our carriers to get parts to factories to mitigate further disruptions,” said LouAnn Gosselin, Head of Communications – Canada, Stellantis.

“The situation at the Ambassador Bridge, combined with an already fragile supply chain, will bring additional challenges to people and industries still struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that a solution can be found quickly so that our factories and employees can resume their normal activities. »

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Toyota Canada Inc.

FEBRUARY 14 UPDATE: “Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada has recently been impacted by issues related to the Ambassador Bridge blockade. Our three lines have been paused. We expect these disruptions to continue today and we will make the necessary adjustments,” said Michel Bouliane, Toyota Canada Inc.

“We do not foresee any impact on employment. (We offer our employees three options during a production delay. In addition to the options of using a paid day off or taking an unpaid day off, employees also have the option of coming to work for their shift where they would benefit from training or other work.)”

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ORIGINAL STATEMENT: “Due to a number of supply chain, weather and COVID-related issues, Toyota continues to experience production-affecting shortages at our North American plants, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. Our teams are working diligently to minimize the impact on production,” said Michael Bouliane, Toyota Canada Inc.

“Although the situation is fluid and changes frequently, we do not foresee any impact on employment at this time. We are waiting some disturbances by this weekend, and we will continue to adjust our production plans.

This page will be updated as we continue to get more information about the disruptions. Come back here often.