The Chinese manufacturer was already operating in Lancaster, California where it increased the number of employees from 100 to 750 within six years.
The decision about expansion was made after securing several orders, including from Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), which ordered 10 buses with an option for another 30.
"While the Newmarket facility is BYD’s first Canadian assembly plant, the company is already active in the Canadian market with buses on order (or in operation) in Toronto, Victoria, Longeuil, St. Albert and Grand Prairie. The new plant will first focus on assemblying buses for the Toronto Transit Commission, the country’s largest transit operator. The agency will receive ten pure electric buses with an option for 30 more."
BYD President Stella Li said:
“We are dedicated to partnering with municipalities across Canada, and we are passionate about our mission to create a cleaner environment here in North America and across the globe,”.
Ted Dowling, Vice President, BYD Canada said:
“We’re proud to establish a home in Canada; it re-affirms our commitment as a company to be rooted in this country and in this province. We look forward to creating new partnerships across the nation.”
“As traditional auto manufacturing is withdrawing from Canada, municipalities across the country are re-doubling their efforts to tackle climate change through zero-emissions transit. BYD is well-positioned to replicate in Canada the kind of rapid growth we’ve seen in places like Lancaster, California — a plant which started with about 100 workers in 2013, and now employs more than 750. Together with our partners in York Region and the town of Newmarket we’re going to put Canada on the map as a North American leader in Electric Bus assembly,”.