Numerous sources have told CTV Toronto that General Motors is planning to close all operations in Oshawa, Ont., affecting thousands of high-paying jobs.
The announcement is expected to be made on Monday, in the city of about 159,000 people located roughly 60 kilometres east of Toronto.
Sources said they believe the Oshawa closures are part of a global restructuring.
General Motors in Oshawa, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (The Canadian Press / Frank Gunn)
There are currently about 2,500 union positions and roughly 300 salaried employees in the Oshawa area. GM employs many more in Ingersoll, Markham and St. Catharines. It’s unclear if those positions are affected.
Outgoing Oshawa Mayor John Henry told CTV Toronto’s Miranda Anthistle that he’s “hoping it’s just a rumour” because GM is a “huge economic engine to the community.”