Honda Canada Inc. conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday to commemorate the start of construction for a new head office campus in Markham, Ontario. The new campus will be located on a 53.3-acre parcel of land fronting Highway 404, just north of Elgin Mills Road. The project is estimated to take a minimum of two years to complete, with a tentative move-in date of summer 2009. “Today we are celebrating more than just the construction of new buildings,” said Hiroshi Kobayashi, President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. “We are celebrating our continuing commitment to Canada.” “Honda’s leading-edge investment here in Markham is another strong vote of confidence in Ontario’s workforce and the innovation that thrives in our auto sector,” said David Caplan, Ontario Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. “Auto companies around the world are realizing that an investment in Ontario is an investment in long-term success. I’d like to thank Honda Canada for recognizing the value of our province and our people.” Town of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said, “I’m delighted to welcome Honda Canada to the Town of Markham. “Honda is one of Canada’s leading corporate citizens, embracing values we prize – and share.” The new campus with 46,450 square metres (500,000 square feet) of building space is designed to provide Honda Canada with greater operational efficiencies for its growing sales, marketing and customer service teams with a total of approximately 700 associates.