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1969

History

The New Kid on the Block

As Canada turns 102, a fresh new face arrives. Honda Canada is founded, starting small with motorcycles and power equipment.

1973

History

Our Civic Duty

We launch the Honda Civic in Canada, introducing Canadians to the small but powerful, fuel-efficient subcompact – a welcome addition to the market in the midst of an oil crisis.

1974

Environment

Big Engine, Small Emissions

We launch Honda’s revolutionary CVCC engine, making the Civic the first car to meet tough emissions standards without a catalytic converter.

1976

History

Making Space for What Matters

To give Canadians an option with slightly more space, the Accord comes to Canada.

1986

Manufacturing

Our Starting Line

We open our facility in Alliston, Ontario, the first automobile manufacturing plant by a Japanese company in Canada. The first car built? A Honda Accord.

1987

History

First of Its Kind

Acura joins the scene, becoming the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker in Canada.

1988

Manufacturing

The Start of Something Beautiful

We start building the three-door Honda Civic in Alliston, Ontario, becoming the primary supplier of these models to North America.

1991

History

Canada, You’ve Got Good Taste

Taking over the roads, the one-millionth Honda vehicle is sold in Canada.

1995

Manufacturing

We Keep the Bar High

We’re one of the first North American automobile manufacturers to earn ISO 9002 certification, an internationally recognized quality standard.

1996

Manufacturing

Just For You

We start building the Canadian-exclusive Acura 1.6 EL in Alliston, Ontario.

1997

Manufacturing

Our Millionth Milestone

Hitting a major milestone, the millionth Honda built in Canada rolls off the line in June.

1998

Manufacturing

Doubling Down

We open our second Honda manufacturing facility in Alliston, Ontario, building Honda’s first full-size minivan, the Odyssey.

1998

Environment

One Step Forward

Honda of Canada Mfg. achieves certification in ISO 14001, an international environmental standard – setting the bar in our field.

2000

Manufacturing

Growing Again

We expand Alliston’s Plant 2 production to a new sport utility vehicle, the Acura MDX, for North American markets.

2000

Environment

First to Market

The Honda Insight, North America’s first gasoline-electric hybrid, hits the market in Canada.

2002

Manufacturing

A New Vehicle Takes Flight

We launch production of the brand new Honda Pilot in Alliston, Ontario.

2003

History

Safety for Everyone

Through our ‘Safety for Everyone’ vision, we commit to providing the highest levels of occupant protection in all vehicles regardless of size or price, along with innovative features for pedestrian safety.

2005

Manufacturing

A trunkful of Innovation

We start production of Honda’s first light truck, the Ridgeline, featuring the world’s first In-Bed Trunk®. It’s built exclusively in Alliston, Ontario for North American distribution.

2005

History

Giving Back

We establish the Honda Canada Foundation to make a positive contribution to Canadians, supporting non-profits focused on family, environment, engineering and education.

2007

Environment

Watching Our Waste

Honda of Canada Mfg. achieves zero waste-to-landfill in building vehicles, an environmental milestone.

2008

Environment

Start Your Engines

Our new facility in Alliston, Ontario begins production of four-cylinder engines, using molten aluminum made from 100% recycled scrap.

2009

History

All in a Day’s Work

Maclean’s magazine names us as one of Canada’s “50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations.”

2010

Environment

LEED®-ing the Way

We open our new Head Office Campus in Markham, Ontario. It’s built and designed to be LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified.

2011

Manufacturing

Making Favourites

Adding the Honda CR-V to our production line, our two best-selling vehicles are now built for Canadians, by Canadians.

2013

History

More Canadian Than Ever

The first Canadian President and CEO in the company’s history is appointed.

2014

Manufacturing

An Investment in Excellence

We announce a $857 million investment in our Alliston manufacturing facility, to make it the global lead plant for the 10th generation Honda Civic.

2014

History

Four-Million Smart Choices Made

Proving our popularity, we sell the four-millionth Honda vehicle in Canada.

2015

History

Our Very Own Chart-Topper

The 2015 Honda Accord celebrates making Car & Driver’s “10 Best” list for a record 30 years.

2016

History

Happy Birthday to Us

Happy birthday, Honda of Canada Mfg.! The Alliston facility celebrates its 30th anniversary in Canada.

2017

History

A Powerful Plug-in

Building a buzz, we launch our first plug-in vehicle in Canada: the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.

2017

Manufacturing

Eight Million and Counting

We build our eight millionth Honda vehicle, thanks to the efforts of 4,200 dedicated Associates in Alliston, Ontario.

2018

History

Number One for a Reason

The Honda Civic is again Canada’s top selling passenger car, marking its 21th consecutive year with the honour.

2018

History

We Help Make Wishes Come True

Since 2005, more than 6 million Canadians have benefited from charitable programs funded by Honda and the Honda Canada Foundation.

2019

History

Oh, Canada!

We’ve been proudly Canadian for half a century. Happy 50th, eh.

2020

History

We’re Keeping Count

Early this year we celebrated two major milestones, topping five million vehicles sold to Canadians, while rolling our nine-millionth vehicle off the Alliston, Ontario, line.

2020

History

The Road Ahead

“Our Global 2030 Vision guides our imagination as we build products designed to enable the realization of dreams, contributing positively to Canadians well into the future.”
– Dave Gardner, President and CEO, Honda Canada Inc.