General Motors Canada announced today, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, it will bolster engineering and software development efforts in Canada with a 700 job strong hiring initiative.
The work in question will focus on autonomous driving software and controls, connected vehicle tech, active safety and vehicle dynamics technology.
In addition GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Mark Reuss announced a new Automotive Software Development Centre in Markham, Ontario, as the Oshawa Tech Centre is already bursting at the seams with people.
Today’s announcement shouldn’t be viewed as a General Motors initiative with the support of the Canadian and Ontario governments–but a push by the Liberals to make Canada “the most inviting jurisdiction on the planet for transformative innovation,” starting with General Motors.
Canada is a hotbed of tech research and development—Silicon Valley is coming up here and plucking talented people, the University of Waterloo is one of the top STEM universities in North America, and Canada has already played host to the incubation of numerous technologies found on the Chevy Bolt.
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