General Motors says it will cut about 1,000 positions from its Oshawa, Ont., manufacturing operations this year as the company plans to spend billions of dollars to boost its U.S. operations.
By December, GM Canada’s main assembly operation is expected to have 2,600 hourly employees — down from 3,600. GM Canada says it’s working with the Unifor union, formerly known as the Canadian Auto Workers, to offer retirement incentives to eligible workers.
The downsizing is being timed to the end of production of the Chevrolet Camaro, now officially scheduled for Nov. 20. The company says it remains committed to Canada, and will continue to produce five other vehicles in Oshawa.
David Paterson, GM Canada’s vice president for corporate affairs, confirmed the 2016 Camaro will be built at the company’s Lansing Grand River Assembly facility in Lansing, Michigan – the same plant where the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans are built.