About the Program

Connected. Autonomous.

CATALYZING THE GROWTH OF A VIBRANT AND DIVERSIFIED AUTOMOTIVE AND TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEM IN ONTARIO

The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) builds upon Ontario’s position as a world-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction in addition to the large cluster of information and communication technology companies operating in the province. Ontario’s high-quality post-secondary institutions, first class talent, innovative small and medium sized enterprises and infrastructure to support entrepreneurship ensures that the province is uniquely-positioned to capture the economic opportunity of the connected and automated vehicle (C/AV) technology space and lead the global mobility evolution. Through resources such as research and development (R&D) funding, talent development, technology acceleration, business and technical supports, and demonstration grounds, AVIN provides a competitive advantage to Ontario-based C/AV companies – allowing Ontario to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation and infrastructure systems. This initiative capitalizes on the economic potential of C/AVs and is expected to help the province's transportation systems and infrastructure plan for and adapt to this emerging technology. AVIN is comprised of four distinct programs and a Central Hub.

Areas of Focus

AVIN’s four distinct programs focus on supporting the development and demonstration of C/AV technologies, including infrastructure, related to: commercially ready technologies for application in mass light vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks, and vans), heavy-duty vehicles (including commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles (RVs) and others used for goods movement), transportation infrastructure, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and transit-supportive systems and vehicles in Ontario. AVIN has five main objectives:
  • Commercialize C/AV and transportation and infrastructure system technologies;
  • Build awareness, educate and promote Ontario as a leader;
  • Encourage innovation and collaboration;
  • Leverage Ontario talent; and,
  • Support regional auto-brainbelt clusters.
AVIN is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS), the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) through Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

Central Hub

The AVIN Central Hub is a dedicated team that supports delivery and administration of AVIN programming, and provides the following key functions:
  • Connect & Coordinate - a focal point to help coordinate among industry, academia, research organizations and governments, and connect interested stakeholders and members of the public;
  • Opportunity Identification - knowledge translation, research, data/information and trend analysis, acting as a bridge between technology and policy; and,
  • Awareness & Education - promote AVIN programs and Ontario's AV testing pilot, build awareness of Ontario's growing C/AV community.