An unnamed Washington State company is looking to test self-driving cars in Canada. Google, the most prominent developer of autonomous vehicles like the one above, is based in California. (Google image)

An unnamed Washington State company is looking to test self-driving cars in Canada. Google, the most prominent developer of autonomous vehicles like the one above, is based in California. (Google image)

Abbotsford eyes Washington company looking for self-driving-car testing ground in Canada

Other businesses on city radar include brewery, virtual reality centre and major food processor

An American company is looking for a Canadian location to test their self-driving vehicles, and Abbotsford is interested.

The business possibility is one of several “lead enquiries” being pursued by the city’s economic development department (CAED), according to a new report.

Other businesses considering Abbotsford include a U.S. call centre seeking a location along the border, a “renowned hotel chain,” and a multinational food processor, according to CAED.

A new report for the city’s Business Innovation, Growth and Attraction committee says a variety of businesses are taking a look at Abbotsford, although finding locations for them can be difficult.

Among the highlights of the report are:

– Commonwealth Suppliers are buying space in the city;

– ACI Foods has appointed Brodie Gunning as CEO and is planning to be listed “probably on the TSX by year end”;

– “Chinese investors looking to build a new long-term care facility … have been connected with land available at Sumas First Nations,” and the report says negotiations have begun;

– doctors looking to build an urgent-care facility “continue to explore options” for sites close to Abbotsford Regional Hospital;

– a “renown” hotel chain has had discussions with Sumas First Nation;

– a U.S. call centre looking for a site near the border “has resurfaced” and is considering Abbotsford for a “350-seat facility”;

– an Australia-based food-processing company “has been looking at Abbotsford options”;

– an Alberta-based “virtual reality centre” has been looking at locations in the centre of Abbotsford;

– a brewing company is looking for a downtown location;

– a proposed craft beer restaurant tentatively named “The Bridge” has shortlisted two Abbotsford locations; and

Structure Craft’s new facility is tentatively scheduled for a grand opening in November.