Honda of Canada Manufacturing

Honda of Canada Manufacturing (French: Honda Canada Inc.) is located in Alliston, Ontario and is the automobile manufacturing division of Honda Canada Inc.[1]


The Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) plants in Alliston have a land area of 450 acres (1.8 km2) and have their own recreation centre with a full NHL-sized hockey arena, physical fitness areas, a baseball diamond, and volleyball and tennis courts. The large cavernous plants require radios between members for communication and cold water chillers for HVAC systems.

Currently[when?], the two main plants have approximately 4,600 employees and have an annual capacity of 390,580 cars per year. Plant 1 was built in 1986. It is the first Canadian manufacturing facility by a Japanese automaker.[2] A stamping and bumper painting line was added in 1989. Production of the Civic coupe commenced in 1993.[3] Honda's second plant in Alliston began production in 1998, originally building Honda Odyssey vans for the 1999 model year. Production of the Odyssey in Canada stopped in 2004 to make room for the Ridgeline.[4] Production of the Honda Pilot in Canada stopped in 2007 to allow Civic sedans to be built in Plant 2.

In May 2006, Honda announced it would build a CA$154 million engine plant in Alliston to supply about 200,000 engines a year for the Civic model.[5][6][7] The plant opened in 2008.[8] The plant has capacity of 260,000 four-cylinder engines.[9]

Early 2009 saw the end of Ridgeline production at the Alliston Assembly facility.[10] Ridgeline production has been moved to Honda's Alabama assembly line.[4] The discontinuance of Ridgeline production would make room for more Civic production at Plant 2.

January 29, 2009 Honda announced further reductions in production at the Alliston plant. "One assembly line at the facility will go from two daily work shifts to one. Output of Civic and Acura MDX models made on the line will be halved from 800 units a day to 400 units." [11]

In early 2012, Honda of Canada Manufacturing became Honda's first plant in North America to produce four distinct models: Civic, CR-V, MDX and ZDX from the same production line, demonstrating its flexibility and capability.[12]

On March 28, 2013, the last Acura MDX was assembled in Alliston. Production was moved to Honda's Alabama plant. Since 2000 (2001 model year), a total of 713,158 MDXs were manufactured at HCM. Honda of Canada Manufacturing now builds Civics and CR-Vs only. In February 2020, Honda built its nine-millionth vehicle in Ontario.[9]

On Wednesday March 16, 2022 Ontario Premier, Doug Ford announced funding millions of dollars into the expansion of the plant for domestic hybrid and EV production. The project is estimated to take 6 six years and cost around 1.4 billion dollars.[13]

Vehicles Produced

Plant Location Year opened Year closed Notes
Alliston Plant 1 Alliston, Ontario 1986 Models:
Alliston Plant 2 Alliston, Ontario 1998 Models:

Discontinued Models:

Honda Accord (1986–88), Honda Civic coupe (1993-2020), Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot,[5] Honda Ridgeline (2004-2009),[10] Acura CSX (2005–11), Acura EL (1996-2005), Acura MDX,[5] and Acura ZDX.[9]


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  7. "McGuinty Government Partners With Honda Canada To Bring Innovative Engine Facility To Ontario". Gov't of Ontario. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
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  9. Inc, Honda Canada. "Honda Reaches Major Sales and Manufacturing Milestones in Canada". (Press release). Retrieved 8 September 2020. {{cite press release}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  10. Honda 2017 Digital FactBook, Honda News & Views, dated 22 May 2017, last accessed 17 January 2018
  11. National Post Honda to cut global production further; To lower output at Alliston, Ont. by 9,000 vehicles. Van Praet, Nicolas. Jan 28, 2009. pg. FP.4
  12. "CANADIAN PRODUCTION OF THE ALL-NEW 2012 HONDA CR-V BEGINS AT HONDA OF CANADA MFG. IN ALLISTON, ON (Jan 23, 2012)". Honda Canada Inc. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  13. "Canada, Ontario commit millions for Honda plant upgrades to manufacture hybrid cars (Mar 16, 2022)". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Inc. Retrieved 16 Mar 2022.

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