What the FOCAL Initiative has Accomplished over the Past Three Years

Original Article, Future of Canadian Automotive Labourforce (FOCAL Initiative), January 27, 2022

Funded by the Government of Canada, this massive three-year effort is a collaboration between the Canadian Skills Training and Employment Coalition (CSTEC), the Automotive Policy Research Centre, and Prism Economics and Analysis.

Supported by a wide and powerful range of stakeholders – including but not limited to representatives from Ford, General Motors, the APMA, Magna, the Woodbridge Group, Martinrea, Unifor, the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing, the United Steelworkers, and all three levels of government – our research findings are forensic, comprehensive and, above all, actionable.

The FOCAL Initiative, which began in October 2018, has produced labour market profiles, forecasts and trend reports related to Canada’s automotive production and technology sectors, including its extensive and complex supply chain. Approximately 50 papers have been produced, each analyzing labour market issues important to the sector.

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