The Province of Ontario has awarded the cities of Markham and Vaughan $2.5 million in funding to launch an Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) Demonstration Zone.

About the Project

Through the OVIN Demonstration Zone, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to pilot and demonstrate innovative automotive and mobility solutions, including electric vehicle technologies, shared and integrated mobility solutions, robotics, and connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies, in a real-world, urban environment. 

Technology demonstrations will be conducted in real-world environments using designated space and infrastructure within the cities of Markham and Vaughan enabling potential customers to experience live demonstrations and showcases. 

Companies will be able to respond to ongoing calls for applications and submit their innovative automotive and smart mobility technologies and solutions. The application portal and calls for application will launch in the Fall of 2023.

Visit the OVIN Demonstration Zone website to learn more:

Innovatively Connected

The OVIN Demonstration Zone provides a real-world environment that promotes collaboration to advance the commercialization of automotive technologies and accelerate smart mobility innovation. These technologies have the potential to improve quality of life, while generating new economic opportunities for Ontario.

The Demonstration Zone will operate in sites across the York Region, home to Canada’s largest automotive parts and electronics manufacturing hub, most of which are located in Markham and Vaughan. The Zone will operate with the support of key partners, including SmartCentres, Rogers Communications, Syntronic, Honda Canada, AMD, IBM, Qualcomm, Microart Services Inc., Remington Group, PSP Services, York Region, York Region Transit, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), York University, Alectra, and Seneca-HELIX.

$1.7 million

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Futuristic Connected Cars

About OVIN

OVIN is an initiative of the Government of Ontario, led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), designed to reinforce Ontario’s position as a North American leader in advanced automotive technology and smart mobility solutions such as connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles and electric and low-carbon vehicle technologies.

Through resources such as research and development (R&D) support, talent and skills development, technology acceleration, business and technical supports, and demonstration grounds, OVIN provides a competitive advantage to Ontario-made automotive and mobility technology companies.

OVIN's Economic Impact (as of March 31, 2022)


Jobs created and/or retained


In revenue growth for catalyzed for Ontario SMEs


Ontario SMEs supported
3 D Car Model Rendering

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