General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau met last week to reportedly discuss additional areas of job creation, according to Automotive News.
Both the Canadian PM and GM CEO didn’t offer many specifics surrounding the meeting, but GM highlighted its commitment to the country as it continues to invest heavily in mobility and electric vehicles. Also on the list was them empowerment of women in business.
“GM and Mary Barra have enjoyed a positive ongoing dialogue with the prime minister and [Ontario] premier on a range of topics, including GM’s focus on innovation and advanced mobility R&D, GM’s new electric vehicles, and ongoing issues of automotive industry competitiveness and trade,” GM Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright said in an email to Automotive News Canada. “[Thursday’s] meeting was a positive continuation of that dialogue during Mary Barra’s visit to see the new and fast expanding GM Canada Technical Center in Markham, Ont.”
GM is currently in the process of hiring 1,000 new software engineers in Ontario where autonomous vehicles and connected car tech will be the focus.
GM and Canada have had a long history, specifically in Oshawa. Last year, the plant became a hot topic after the automaker divulged zero plans for new product at the Oshawa assembly plant. During tense union negotiations, Oshawa secured new investment and it’s rumored the plant will assemble pickup trucks in the near future.