Honda of Canada Mfg. makes major donation to local community in celebration of important production milestones

  • HCM Plant 2 celebrates 20th anniversary on Sept. 30
  • HCM Engine Plant celebrated 10th anniversary on Sept. 25
  • Commemorative donation will build an accessible trail in Alliston’s Riverdale Park

Honda of Canada Mfg., through the Honda Canada Foundation, today announced a major $50,000 donation to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) to build a new, accessible pathway in Riverdale Park, Alliston’s premier community park, to commemorate two significant production milestones. Working in collaboration with the NVCA, the Town of New Tecumseth, the Rotary Club of Alliston and the Alliston BIA, construction of the new trail will commence in the spring of 2019.

“We appreciate HCM’s contribution and commitment to continually improving our community. The addition of an accessible pathway will increase everyone’s enjoyment of Riverdale Park,” said New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne.

“Riverdale Park plays an important recreational role in New Tecumseth,” said Doug Hevenor, Chief Administrative Officer of the NVCA. “As the landowner, the NVCA is privileged to partner with Honda of Canada Mfg. on this important trail project that will enhance access throughout this wonderful greenspace.”

Throughout the week, HCM hosted several associate events to celebrate 20 years of production at its Plant 2 frame plant and 10 years of production at its Engine Plant. Opened in 1998, HCM’s Plant 2 provided Honda the opportunity to add important new nameplates to its product offering including its first entries into the minivan (Odyssey), SUV (MDX, Pilot) and light truck (Ridgeline) segments. In 2008, the addition of an engine plant boosted productivity and flexibility. As the first Japanese automaker to build a manufacturing plant in Canada in 1986, these key investments in additional plants have allowed HCM to grow and innovate over its 32-year manufacturing history in Canada.

From eight cars a day in 1986, HCM now produces 1,690 vehicles and 1,000 engines daily. Our 4,200 associates are proud to build two of Canada’s favourite models: the Civic, Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 20 consecutive years and the CR-V. To date, more than eight million vehicles have been built at HCM.

“We are incredibly proud of how HCM has evolved over the years to meet the needs of both our associates and our customers,” said Bill Easdale, Senior Vice President of Honda of Canada Mfg. and Vice Chair of the Honda Canada Foundation. “Our contribution today is our way of thanking our community for their ongoing support and partnership. We are excited to be a part of a project that will provide everyone in the community with more access to enjoy the amazing parkland along the Boyne River.”

About the Honda Canada Foundation
Formed in 2005, the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF) aims to enable the realization of dreams through various annual philanthropic activities and funding to non-profit registered charities across Canada where Honda customers and associates live, work and play. The HCF focuses on four key pillars – family, environment, engineering and education – and each year more than $1 million is disbursed to groups in need through more than 500 grants. More than 5.5 million Canadians have benefited from Honda Canada and Honda Canada Foundation funded charitable programs.

About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) was founded in 1969 and is the parent company for both Honda and Acura vehicle brands in Canada. The company has produced more than eight million cars and light trucks since 1986 at its two frame facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and currently build Honda Civic and CR-V models. Honda Canada has invested more than $4.7 billion in Canada and sources nearly $2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers annually. Honda Canada has sold more than four million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada. For more information on Honda Canada, please visit and on Honda of Canada Mfg. visit

About the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is the public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment in in the counties of Simcoe, Dufferin and Grey. The NVCA provides expertise to help protect local water and land for future generations.

For further information, contact:

Honda Canada Foundation
Alana Taylor, Group Leader, Communications and Community Relations, Honda of Canada Mfg.

The Town of New Tecumseth
Tatjana Milne, Communications Coordinator
705-435-3900 Ext: 1271

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Heather Kepran, Communications Coordinator
705-424-1479 ext. 254

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