You’re a conscious consumer. You pay attention to what you’re buying, and where it’s made. Your food is cruelty free and your clothes aren’t made in sweatshops—and that’s why you pay nearly six times for the same pair of underwear as Joe Six-Pack. That’s also why you bought French’s inferior ketchup instead of Heinz during 2016’s heated #KetchupGate. But far too often, we still have to look further than our own borders for some of the products we use. That, combined with an unstable power running the government south of us that’s trying to tax the living hell out of the goods we trade, makes it difficult to find yourself a good old fashioned, made-in-Canada vehicle. Or does it?
Ford has had a presence in Canada since 1904 when Ford Motor Company of Canada was established, just a year after Ford first opened its doors in the United States. Not only that, but Ford of Australia was a subsidiary of Ford of Canada, which explains the snow-shedding roofs found on some of the Fords driving around sunny Australia. While Ontario is generally the place where most imagine Ford of Canada plants to roost, there’ve been manufacturing and assembly plants across Canada—including Burnaby, BCs Ford Assembly plant opened during the war to help with the increased demand. After the war, 1965’s Canada-U.S. Automotive Products Agreement led to an increase in trade and production, and Ontario became a hub for Canadian automotive production.
Today, there are a few active Ford plants creating vehicles for Canada and the rest of the world. Ford’s Oakville, Ontario plant creates both the Ford Edge and Ford Flex, as well as their Lincoln counterparts. The 2019 Ford Edge has actually just been released with a new Ford Performance trim level, the ST—Ford’s first performance SUV! 301 kilometres away, Ford’s Windsor Engine plant has been transformed over the last year to create a new, seven-litre V8 truck engine that will be produced in the new year. Ford invested $613 million (plus a $204.8 million dollar Canadian government-contribution) into Windsor’s plant, which has resulted in the creation or maintenance of about 800 Canadian jobs.
Just in case Ford’s stellar crossover-SUVs aren’t exciting enough for you, Markham, Ontario’s Multimatic Motorsports plant is where the jaw-dropping, whiplash-inducing Ford GT is made. Yes, that Ford GT (the one that comes with the drool-proof interior/exterior).
If the idea of buying a vehicle made in Canada —by Canadian craftspeople who take a great deal of pride in their work— is the type of thing that gets your ethically and locally-sourced motor running (literally), then Ford’s got you covered. Check out the Ford Flex, Edge, or if you’re so lucky, the Ford GT, and feel good about driving something made in Canada.