General Motors is committed to remaining the largest private sector employer in the Oshawa, Ontario region, according to GM Canada’s vice president of corporate affairs, Dave Paterson.
Speaking at the recent Ontario Auto Mayors summit in Oshawa, which saw mayors from several Ontario towns converge to discuss the future of the province’s auto sector, Patterson said that GM will remain Oshawa’s largest employer and will also maintain a presence in the region for the next century.
“General Motors will not only continue to be the largest private sector employer in Oshawa, we’ll be here for another 100 years — but we will only achieve that if we continue to stay ahead of the trends and the changes and the technology and the industry,” he said.
The meeting, held last week, included Ontario mayors from automotive industry-reliant towns such as Oshawa, Windsor, and Ingersoll. They discussed the various problems Ontario’s auto manufacturing industry is facing and potential policies they can enact that will help strengthen the industry going forward.
“They’ve painted an exciting picture of a new world of mobility, and all of us – as mayors, not just ‘auto mayors’ – are going to have some work ahead of us to get ready for it,” Oakville, Ontario mayor Rob Burton said in an interview following the summit.
GM announced late last year that it would be closing down the longstanding Oshawa Assembly plant, with around 2,500 people expected to lose their jobs. GM Canada will continue to operate its headquarters, and research and development arm in Oshawa and plans to expand its Canadian software engineering workforce going forward.
“GM’s investment in Canada has also created Canada’s largest automotive software engineering workforce as it continues to add jobs in next-generation automotive engineering, software and testing work in Oshawa, Markham, Kapuskasing and soon in Toronto,” the automaker wrote in a statement on its Oshawa-dedicated website, supportingoshawaworkers.ca.
The Oshawa plant is expected to be fully shuttered by this December.
Source: Durham Region