The Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) seeks to increase the sourcing capabilities of Ontario-based small and medium-sized automotive suppliers while encouraging innovation and productivity initiatives that increase success in the growing export markets. The partnership between the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA), the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) supports the auto parts sector in adopting industry-leading software, hardware and/or provide training to improve processes and increase the competitiveness of the industry in Ontario.
The ASCIP hopes to increase suppliers’ capabilities to deliver shorter design cycle times, more responsive to market changes and able to take advantage of new business.
This program supports the adoption of specific software, hardware and IT solutions that allow companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively.
- Small and medium-sized Ontario-based enterprises (firms with either fewer than 500 employees globally or global revenues of less than $1 billion)
- Larger firms are eligible but must partner with at least one Ontario-based small and medium-sized enterprise
- At least 50 percent of the firm’s total sales revenue must come from auto supply sector
- Only one project per company is allowed for the lifetime of the program
- Stream 1 – Technology Adoption: Eligible projects must focus on advancing product lifecycle management and improving competitiveness through the adoption of advanced IT technologies: hardware, software and/or training.
- Stream 1 will provide grants to Ontario-based small and medium-sized auto parts supplier firms that conduct projects to advance product lifecycle management and improve competitiveness through the adoption of advanced hardware, software and/or training.
- OCE will contract with a company and reimburse up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, or up to $100,000 per project, whichever is lower, with the company funding the remainder with matching cash contributions.
- The APMA will provide support to the applicant company by marketing the ASCIP program to its members and support the applicants in developing project proposals.
- Stream 2 – Mentorship Pilot Program: Eligible projects must focus on operational efficiency and competitiveness improvements. Adoption of advanced IT technologies may be included as part of the project overall scope.
- Stream 2 will provide grants to Ontario-based small and medium-sized auto parts supplier firms that conduct projects to improve operational efficiency and competitiveness through the organizational adoption of lean manufacturing practices.
- The mentors will be automotive industry experts with background and expertise in lean manufacturing process efficiency to assist suppliers with specific business development needs. They will be identified in collaboration between the Applicant Company and APMA, and matched based on project outcomes and overall company goals.
- The services provided by the mentor will qualify as an eligible cost for selected projects. OCE will contract with a company and reimburse up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, or up to $100,000 per project, whichever is lower, with the company funding the remainder with matching cash contributions.
- Travel & Living – Domestic
- Salaries & Benefits
- Operating Expenses (hardware and software implementation, direct materials, etc.)