GM Canada hosted representatives from the Canadian federal government at its Oshawa Assembly plant in southern Ontario today to celebrate the automaker’s recent $2 billion investment in the province.
During the press conference, GM Canada reiterated that it would start production of the BrightDrop Zevo 400 and Zevo 600 vans at the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll later this year and would add a third shift of production to the Oshawa Assembly plant to produce the light-duty Chevy Silverado 1500. Production of the Chevy Silverado HD began at Oshawa late last year, with light-duty production set to begin there in the near future.
GM invested more than C$2 billion in CAMI and Oshawa Assembly for various upgrades to prepare them to produce these new products. The investment was supported by the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments, both of which are currently looking to drive eco-friendly investments in the province of Ontario.
“In Oshawa, Ingersoll, and communities across Ontario, auto manufacturers are stepping up to meet demand for clean vehicles and creating thousands of good jobs in the process,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the GM investments. “Today’s investment is an investment in our workers, our communities, and our future. Partnerships like these are critical to putting Canada on the cutting edge of the clean economy, creating thousands of new jobs, and making sure that future generations have a clean environment to live in.”
In addition to these Ontario investments, GM and POSCO Chemical recently announced they will construct a new material supply facility in Bécancour, Quebec to produce cathode active material for the automaker’s Ultium lithium-ion vehicle batteries – an investment valued at C$500 million. This move will also help ensure GM has consistent access to cathode active material for its vehicle batteries.
Production of the BrightDrop Zevo 400 and BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric vans will commence at the CAMI plant in the fourth quarter of this year. Meanwhile, production of the light-duty Silverado 1500 will commence at Oshawa Assembly in the coming months after production of the Silverado HD began there late last year.