Car Production and Manufacturing in Canada

Canada has long been a major player in the auto industry—it was the world’s second largest producer of cars in the 1920s and ’30s.

In the early days of car-making, every vehicle was hand-crafted by individual craftsmen in small shops. As time passed, car companies employed tradesmen in ever-larger factories to increase production. Today, cars pour off of highly-mechanized assembly lines—a system pioneered by Henry Ford in 1908.

It’s increasingly difficult to classify cars as ‘domestic’ or ‘foreign.’ Many so-called foreign cars are actually produced—in whole or in part—in Canada. Might a car’s method of production—whether it is handcrafted or mass-produced—affect how Canadian it truly is?

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