Manufacturing AUTOMATION

GM Canada investing $2 billion with support from federal and Ontario governments

April 4, 2022
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Scott Bell, vice-president, Global Chevrolet, and Marissa West, president and managing director, GM Canada announcing GM Canada's $2 billion investment. (Photo: GM Canada)

GM Canada announced an investment of $2 billion in its Ingersoll and Oshawa Assembly plants in Ontario. The company will begin production at Canada’s first full-scale electric-vehicle manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario later this year. It is also adding light-duty pickup production and a third shift at the Oshawa Assembly facility.

With support from the federal and Ontario governments, GM Canada’s investment is being used to fund the transformation of its manufacturing operations. The Ontario government is offering a $259 million grant while the Government of Canada is making a matching contribution of up to $259 million toward the project.

The company will retool CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll this spring and summer and begin production of BrightDrop’s electric delivery vans in December 2022.

GM Canada’s Oshawa Assembly plant will be adding light-duty pickup production and a third shift of production in the coming months. Oshawa will be the only GM plant producing both heavy-duty and light-duty pickups.

Adding the third shift will help create more than 2,600 new jobs in the Oshawa plant since it reopened. Fifty percent of new production hires at the Oshawa plant are women, reflecting GM’s focus on diversity in the workplace.

GM also announced it will sign onto the Canada Diversity Challenge and the Canada Net Zero Challenge.

“Working with our government partners we have reopened GM’s Oshawa plant, creating thousands of new jobs and recruiting a record number of women in production roles,” said Marissa West, GM Canada president and managing director. “Later this year, our CAMI plant in Ingersoll will begin Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle manufacturing with BrightDrop. This partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada is helping GM build a more diverse, innovative and sustainable industry and EV supply chain for the future – and we are proud to be doing that right here in Canada.”

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