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Ford to hire 295 engineers at new R&D centre in Ottawa

A new research and development centre of Ford Motor Co. in Ottawa will create 295 engineering jobs, The Globe and Mail reported.

The new facility is part of Ford’s strengthened commitment to Canada and will use funds from the $1.2 billion investment the company made to expand its presence in the country over the next four years. The Ontario government and the federal government will also each give $102.4 million to the Ottawa project.

“This is about positioning Canada as a global centre for automotive innovation, creating better opportunities for Canadians, and keeping Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector competitive,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said about the investment.

Engineers at the research and development centre will focus on building the technology for self-driving vehicles as well as connected cars, the source noted. Satellite engineering centres will also be constructed in Waterloo and Oakville in Ontario.

Many of the engineers hired at the Ottawa centre will come from BlackBerry Ltd., The Globe and Mail reported. In October 2016, the smartphone company announced that it was partnering with Ford to help the automaker develop self-driving software.

The Globe and Mail noted that the construction of the new facility in Ottawa is significant news, as research and development for the Canadian divisions of leading automakers has typically been based in Michigan.