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Innovation: Oro-Station Groundbreaking

On Thursday August 20th our Co-Managing Partner, Jim McIntosh, attended the Oro Station Automotive Innovation Park groundbreaking ceremony on Line 7 in Oro-Medonte opposite the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport facility. Barriston Law acts for the developer of this exciting project which will see the development of a high tech automotive innovation park and test track facility which will be unique to the region and is one of only 3 in North America.  Below you’ll find an illustration of what the automotive innovation park will become as it is developed over the course of the next several years. 

The test track will serve automotive manufacturers as well as members of a private automotive club who will use the track to test their vehicles to their limits.   In addition, our client has entered into a partnership with Georgian College and its Automotive Business School for the development of new automotive technologies.   The test track will be used as well for the development of autonomous drive vehicles.   Initially, the development project will create over 1,800 construction jobs and ultimately over 700 full time jobs not to mention the spin off jobs that will be created as lands are developed around the test track campus.  Its location, across the road from the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, will definitely attract interest from the automotive industry around the world as a leading edge test track facility.

In attendance at the groundbreaking were Premier Doug Ford, Attorney General Doug Downey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, MPPs Andrea Khanjin, Carolyn Mulrooney and Jill Dunlop as well as MP Doug Shipley along with our clients, Geoff Campbell and Dan Gallo.   The local dignitaries in attendance were County Warden and Tiny Township Mayor George Cornell and Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes.   All of the foregoing appear in the groundbreaking photos below.

More information about the facility can be found at their website: