Following a media advisory earlier this week, General Motors Canada has gone public with its latest news. Canada has been selected to further expand its role in autonomous, connected and vehicle safety technology with the announcement of 1,000 new engineering positions.
With the Oshawa Tech Center at capacity, GM Canada also announced an all-new Markham Software Center opening this year.
GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Mark Reuss stated that, “We selected Canada for this expansion because of its clear capacity for innovation, proven talent and strong ecosystem of great universities, startups and innovative suppliers. With this expansion, GM Canada will play an important role in our evolution toward vehicles that are connected, autonomous, shared and electric.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne were on hand to deliver the announcement, with the PM stating, “The investments announced today will create good paying jobs, grow Canada’s middle class, and ensure a brighter future for all Canadians. Meeting with CEO Mary Barra at the World Economic Forum, I made the case for investing in Canada. I applaud GM for choosing Canada to be the home base for its global centre for advanced vehicle software development.”
Additionally, $10 million will be invested into the Kapuskasing Cold Weather testing facility, where GM vehicles and technology are tested and further honed.