General Motors Canada says it will train employees of the Oshawa Assembly Plant to become auto service technicians at GM dealerships.
GM said Monday the plant, which builds the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala and finishes assembly of outgoing models of the light- and heavy-duty GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado, will close at the end of 2019 because all four vehicles will be axed from the automaker’s lineup.
It means about 3,000 employees — roughly 2,500 of them hourly and represented by Unifor — will be out of work.
GM Canada and its local dealers have teamed up to offer the factory workers training.
“GM Canada will support Oshawa Assembly workers with the goal of helping impacted workers find good new jobs,” GM Canada President Travis Hester said in a statement. “Our employees have great skills and our dealers have a significant need for auto technicians. Who better than our top-quality assembly workers to service customers’ vehicles at GM dealerships?”
The company will also join Durham Region educators and the provincial and federal governments to train and transition Oshawa Assembly Plant employees to new careers in the Durham Region.
GM Canada said it will “dedicate resources and plans to work with Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the provincial and federal governments” in training the employees.
A company spokesperson said GM suspects to spend millions of dollars on the plan but that the company was still working out details with its partners.