Honda Canada to add 400 jobs


Honda Canada plans to add 400 workers to the Plant 2 production shift at its Alliston, Ont. facility.

The move, making it the second major carmaker to add to its production staff in less than two weeks, will see the facility increase daily output from 400 to 600 units every day, starting in 2011.

“We are pleased to be making this announcement as the Canadian economy continues to show signs of recovery,” said Manabu Nishimae, president and CEO of Honda Canada, in a statement.

The Plant 2 assembly line produces the Honda Civic sedan, Acura MDX sport utility vehicle and Acura ZDX crossover for the Japanese manufacturer.

The Plant 1 produces the Honda Civic coupe and sedan, as well as the Canadian-exclusive Acura CSX luxury compact sedan. The HCM engine plant produces 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engines for the Honda Civic.

Honda has invested more than $2.6 billion in HCM's two assembly plants in Canada with a capacity to produce 390,000 vehicles and an engine plant that can produce up to 200,000 engines annually.

This announcement comes after General Motors Canada announced Friday it was recalling roughly 600 workers Oshawa Assembly Plant.