Shaping the future

Learn how AVIN is bridging Ontario’s automotive and technology industry strengths to shape and drive the future of its automotive and mobility sector.

Leading Ontario’s mobility transformation

The automotive industry is undergoing a significant shift, with technological advances and evolving mobility preferences redefining its future. Through the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), Ontario is at the forefront of this transformation. AVIN capitalizes on the economic potential of automotive technologies and smart mobility solutions such as connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AVs), and enables the province’s transportation and infrastructure networks to plan for and adapt to this evolution.

AVIN has five main objectives:


Foster the commercialization of Ontario-made advanced automotive technologies and smart mobility solutions


Showcase Ontario as the leader in the development, testing, piloting and adoption of the latest transportation and infrastructure technologies


Drive innovation and collaboration among the growing network of stakeholders at the convergence of automotive and technology


Leverage and retain Ontario’s highly skilled talent


Harness Ontario’s regional strengths and capabilities, and support its clusters of automotive and technology

Concept of self driving car technology

Driving prosperity and competitiveness

AVIN is a key component of Driving Prosperity, the Government of Ontario’s initiative to ensure the automotive sector remains competitive and continues to grow and thrive. The Government of Ontario has committed $85 million in innovative programming to support research and development (R&D) funding, talent development, technology acceleration, business and technical supports, and testing and demonstration sites.

These programs support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, test and commercialize new automotive and transportation products and technologies, and cultivate the capacity of a province-wide network to drive future mobility solutions, reinforcing Ontario’s position as a global leader.

Unlocking the power of province-wide collaboration

The AVIN Central Hub is the driving force behind the programming, province-wide coordination of activities and resources, and Ontario’s push to lead in the future of the automotive and mobility sector globally. Led by a dedicated team, the Central Hub is the focal point for all stakeholders across the province, a bridge for collaborative partnerships between industry, post-secondary institutions, broader public sector agencies, municipalities and the government, all while serving as a concierge for new entrants into Ontario’s thriving ecosystem.

The Central Hub drives public education, research, analysis, and thought leadership activities, convenes stakeholder groups, and raises awareness around the potential of these technologies, the opportunities for Ontario and for its partners.

AVIN, led by OCI, is supported by the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Ministry of Transportation (MTO).


Jobs created and/or retained

R&D job placements facilitated through internships and fellowships

Ontario small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) supported

Commercialization partnerships enabled

$101 Million
Co-investment secured

$25.3 Million
Ontario SME revenue growth catalyzed

$88.7 Million
Follow-on investment generated

*As of November 30, 2020