Ontario Welcomes New Investment at GM Oshawa

Ontario Welcomes New Investment at GM Oshawa

Dias said that, while GM's commitment right now is only for 300 jobs, that is likely to expand in the future.

"GM plans to be one of Oshawa's leading companies and employers for many decades to come", hailed GM Canada president Travis Hester at a news conference Wednesday.

But the move keeps Oshawa within GM's portfolio of operations, and leaves open the possibility that it could be used for other manufacturing down the road, said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA).

The 60-plus-year-old facility will be transitioned into a parts producer for GM and other auto industry clients; the vehicle assembly stations will go away, and be replaced by machines for stamping aftermarket parts.

Smith said the government has been in contact with GM the entire time, and notes the company will add hundreds of more jobs at its Markham facility. There will be more next year. "We will always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our auto workers".

But Dias couldn't call Wednesday's announcement a true triumph because the future for thousands of families is still uncertain.

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"The U.S. economy and our core business are strong, so we can expand our commitment to U.S. manufacturing and OH and create job opportunities for our employees", GM CEO and chairman Mary Barra said in a statement. Details of what the retirement package will include are expected to be released on Thursday.

The new business will retain 300 Oshawa jobs with the potential to grow and generate significant additional jobs in the coming years, as the business attracts new customers.

The announcement is a partial reprieve for the Oshawa plant, once the largest in Canada that employed about 21,000 people. A "Job Action Centre" will be established in June to help people find jobs outside of GM once the plant closes in December 2019; the centre is jointly supported by GM, Unifor and the Ontario government.

The union head also had words of praise for the federal government.

Ontario Economic Development Minister Todd Smith said in a statement that the province welcomes the agreement, calling it good news for the City of Oshawa and the surrounding region.

Both Hester and Dias thanked the federal and provincial government for their assistance over the last few months. Oshawa, as an assembly plant, isn't dead.

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