General Motors confirms plant closures

The company says the Oshawa plant closure will put nearly 3,000 people out of work

GM is closing plants across North America, including in Oshawa.

The company says the plant will close at the end of 2019, putting nearly 3,000 people out of work. GM also announced the closure of two other plants, one in Ohio and the other in Michigan.

In addition to the three vehicle assembly plants that are being closed, GM has also announced the closure of two engine assembly plants in the US.

“Actions are being taken to reduce salaried and salaried contract staff by 15 percent, which includes 25 percent fewer executives to streamline decision making.”

  • General Motors employs about 2,800 people in the Oshawa area
  • At one time it employed 40,000
  • Of the employed, about 2,500 positions are unionized and approximately 300 are salaried positions