GM Canada announced it will start production at Canada’s first full-scale electric-vehicle manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario later this year. In addition, at Oshawa Assembly, GM Canada will add light-duty pickup production and a third shift, creating more than 2,600 new jobs since operations resumed at the plant.
Together with the federal and Ontario governments, GM Canada made these announcements at the recently opened Canadian Technical Centre’s (CTC) McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track in Oshawa, Ontario, highlighting the company’s more than $2 billion in investments to transform its manufacturing operations.
“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,” said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. “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.”
Production of BrightDrop’s electric delivery vans will begin at CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario in December 2022, following retooling of the plant this spring and summer.
BrightDrop’s first electric delivery van, the BrightDrop Zevo 600 (formerly EV600) was on hand for demonstrations. Also on hand was their new BrightDrop Trace (formerly EP1) electric carts, which were developed and tested in large part by GM’s CTC team in Ontario.
GM Canada also announced the Oshawa Assembly plant will be adding light-duty pickup production and a third shift of production in the coming months. As a result, Oshawa will be the only GM plant producing both heavy-duty and light-duty pickups, enabling flexibility and responsiveness to the North American market.
“This vote of confidence by General Motors in Ontario is more proof that by attracting game-changing investments our government is securing our auto sector for the next generation of workers,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “This investment will secure 2,600 jobs here in Oshawa and is a huge win for the people of Durham and Ontario’s auto sector. It shows once again that the cars of the future will be made right here in Ontario by Ontario workers.”
With the addition of the third shift, GM Canada will have added more than 2,600 new jobs in the Oshawa plant since it reopened. Fifty per cent 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.”