OSHAWA, Ont. – General Motors Canada will be expanding its engineering and software efforts in a disruptive way.
“Today’s announcement sends a positive signal to the global auto industry that Ontario is the ideal location for developing and commercializing disruptive technologies,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development.
Duguid, PM Justin Trudeau, and Premier Kathleen Wynne were on hand to hear General Motors Canada president Steve Carlisle and Mark Reuss, the automaker’s executive V-P product development, make the announcement June 10.
The focus will be on supporting the development of innovative new automotive systems and technologies for the future.
To do that work, GM said it would be hiring about 1,000 staffers to expand its Canadian engineering base over the next few years.
The automaker said the focus will be on autonomous vehicle software and controls development, active safety and vehicle dynamics technology, infotainment and connected vehicle technology.
The automaker said these are all important areas for the development of new connected, autonomous and shared vehicles and mobility systems.
This will bring the Oshawa Tech Centre beyond its maximum capacity. As a result, GM will also soon open a new Automotive Software Development Centre in Markham Ont.
Hiring for the new positions has started.
GM will also be investing $10 million in its Kapuskasing Cold Weather testing facility.
Reuss said “We selected Canada for this expansion because of its clear capacity for innovation, proven talent and strong ecosystem of great universities, startups and innovative suppliers.
“With this expansion, GM Canada will play an important role in our evolution toward vehicles that are connected, autonomous, shared and electric.”
Carlisle said “A dynamic new innovation cluster is emerging here to support some of the most exciting work in our global industry. We look forward to working with Canada’s leaders and innovation partners to place Canada at the forefront of the key transportation technologies that are changing our world for the better.”
The premier said “The investments announced today will create good paying jobs, grow Canada’s middle class, and ensure a brighter future for all Canadians.”