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GM Canada Celebrates One Million Masks Made at Oshawa Operations

Today, GM Canada’s Oshawa Operations welcomed the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement to help celebrate the one millionth mask produced out of the Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room for the Government of Canada. This is the first millionth milestone in the journey to 10 million masks.

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Community of Canada

In Canada, when the going gets tough, we come together – because we are a tight knit community of 37 million. And in a community, you take care of one another. That’s why GM Canada is now manufacturing 10 million face masks for the Public Health Agency of Canada to help fight COVID-19.

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GM Canada’s Mask Making Testimonials: Ian Soutter

With his wife on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room project lead, Ian Soutter, had a significant motivation to do what is right to protect all Canadians. Learn more about Ian’s story.

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GM Canada’s Mask Making Testimonials: Mark Borg

Meet Mark Borg, Senior Mechanical Engineer at GM’s Canadian Technical Centre. Mark was instrumental in bringing his engineering and tooling skillset to the team to help launch the Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room at GM’s Oshawa Operations.

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GM Canada’s Mask Making Testimonials: Trisha & Jeannine

Trisha and Jeannine are GM Unifor employees working on the production line of the Canadian Mask Making room at our Oshawa Operations, which will provide 10 million masks to the Public Health Agency of Canada over the next year. Learn more about their stories.

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GM Canada’s Mask Making Testimonials: Bill MacDonald

Bill MacDonald is the owner of BMG Contracting. His father served in the air force during WWII, and upon returning home worked at Colonel Sam’s GM plants in Oshawa, installing tooling & working on construction projects. Years later, Bill helped transform a portion of our Oshawa Operations into a clean room capable of producing millions of face masks for the Public Health Agency of Canada. Watch to learn more about Bill’s story and why this initiative is important to him.

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Electrifying Engineering: STEM Videos and Projects to Inspire Future EV Leaders

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools and summer programs are closed around the world. Parents, teachers and students everywhere are now searching for educational content and new ways to keep kids’ minds active and inspired outside the classroom. And while the pandemic has certainly turned lives upside down, it has also given us a glimpse into what a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion could look like. News reports are saying traffic is lighter, car accidents are plummeting, and the air is cleaner.

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GM Canada president and managing director, Scott Bell, tours the Oshawa Operations’ Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room where workers will provide 10 million face masks over the next year to the Public Health Agency of Canada (photo credit: Jessica Hayes)

Government of Canada Contracts GM Canada to Provide 10 Million Face Masks - Production to Begin Immediately

The Government of Canada contracted General Motors of Canada on May 26 to provide 10 million face masks over the next year with production to begin immediately. GM Canada will manufacture the face masks at cost at its Oshawa Operations for the Public Health Agency of Canada. GM Canada received its Medical Device Establishment License on April 22 and the company built and installed the mask making machinery, sourced materials and trained its workers in approximately one month.

Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director said, “This is one of the proudest moments in our history to be able to step-up and support all Canadians during this challenging time. With the support and collaboration of the Government of Canada, we will start production in Oshawa today and deliver 10 million face masks to the Public Health Agency of Canada over the next year.”


An employee from GM’s Warren, Michigan facility (right) trains the Oshawa team on mask production (photo credit: Ann Power).

An employee from GM’s Warren, Michigan facility (right) trains the Oshawa team on mask production.

Equipment Has Been Installed and Training Has Begun For Oshawa Mask Manufacturing

Since the federal government announced on April 24 that the GM Canada Oshawa plant will be the production site for millions of much needed face masks, we have built and prepared a clean room environment with enhanced safety protocols, delivered and installed the required machinery, and today started training for the start of production.

“This is an emotional and heartfelt effort by our GM Canada team, as we have the great fortune to use our skills and high-volume capacity to help Canadians stay safe,” said Scott Bell, president and managing director, GM Canada. “Our team has first responders in the family. This is one of the proudest moments in our history to be able to step up and support all Canadians during this challenging time.”

Equipment for the mask line arrived in Oshawa on April 30, and a portion of the plant has been converted into an official Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room. The operation will produce approximately one million face masks per month.

Experts from our GM Warren, Michigan mask production line were onsite at the Oshawa Operations facility on May 7 and 8 to share their knowledge with the core leadership team responsible for training employees in the coming weeks.

We are working with Unifor to begin to recall approximately 50 workers for two shifts of face mask production. We expect to complete final details with the government soon and will announce an official start of production date at that time.


GM Final Prep for Level 1 Face Masks in Warren

Workers begin final preparation for manufacturing Level 1 face masks Wednesday, April 1, 2019 at the General Motors facility in Warren, Michigan.

GM Canada Plans to Make Face Masks in Oshawa

OSHAWA, Ont. (April 24, 2020)To help Canada meet the urgent need for face masks for health care professionals and for other Canadians, GM Canada is preparing portions of the Oshawa plant to produce face masks based on the GM production model already working in Michigan. We plan to manufacture approximately one million masks per month at cost for the Canadian government with an estimate of 50 employees supporting two shifts of production. The project still requires completion of additional work with our governments and our Unifor partners and we will provide updates as we get ready to begin production.

Follow along and learn more about our journey to mask production in Oshawa here.


 

GM Canada is collecting and donating critical personal protective equipment from its many Canadian partners to help The Public Health Agency of Canada

OSHAWA, Ont. (March 24, 2020)GM Canada is collecting and donating critical personal protective equipment from its many Canadian partners to help the Public Health Agency of Canada meet the needs of healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. GM Canada is collecting donated PPE at its Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre and its Oshawa OEM Stamped Products and Services operation.

Items we are collecting are:

  • Medical grade N95 face masks (must be moisture free and stored at the appropriate temperature before sending to prevent any defect to the mask)
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanitized goggles
  • Isolation gowns and coveralls
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves (all sizes)
    • Note: all items must be clean and in their original packaging.

Please contact daelan.burgess@gm.com for more information. 

Thank you to our dealers and partners for your generous donations!

Thanks to the generosity of our dealers and industry partners, we were able to donate critical personal protective equipment to healthcare facilities in our local communities where GM Canada conducts business. Items included safety glasses, gloves, masks and hand sanitizers.

Thank you to Lakeridge Health, Niagara Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Alexandra Hospital – and all the healthcare facilities across Canada – for all that you’re doing to help us through this difficult time.

 

OnStar Advisors Helped Deliver a Baby From Their Home Offices

Jenna Stapley and Edward Bloomdale. OnStar Advisors Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

OnStar and Emergency Response Assistance

Contributing can mean making life feel a little more comfortable for others, even when your own life has been turned upside down. Jenna and Edward are among thousands of advisors who have kept OnStar’s safety and security services operating regularly, even while adjusting to the new normal of working from home. From their own home offices, they engaged 911 responders and even remotely walked an OnStar member through the in-vehicle birth of a new baby girl.

“The immediate joy and happiness felt when we heard those cries is indescribable,” Jenna said of the experience. “I am honored to be medically trained and able to continue serving our members through this pandemic, and calls like these make you remember why we do what we do.”


 

We’re extremely proud of all the ways the GM Canada family is stepping up to help each other and their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow along as we feature good news stories from employees, dealers and partners who are making a difference. #WeAreGM

 

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Times are tough for small businesses, but the team at Mike Jackson GM in Collingwood, Ont. has stepped-up to offer local shop owners, who are open for delivery, complimentary Chevrolet Canada Sparks for use to get goods to their customers.



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Ted Graham, our head of open innovation, knows there are many Canadians who aren’t able to get their own groceries without risking their health. He joined the Friendly Neighbour Hotline team and is using his eBike to pick-up & deliver groceries to seniors all over the community!



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In collaboration with their local pharmacy, the team at Dallaire Lac-Mégantic offered-up a Chevrolet vehicle to help aid increased deliveries of prescriptions for local residents. Along with critical medicines, the pharmacy also delivered Easter chocolates to the community!



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Crosstown Chevrolet in Sudbury, Ont. donated $10,000 to their local healthcare foundation to assist with the purchase of critical personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff. They’ve also made significant donations to their local foodbank and Elgin Street Mission.



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To help support their community through the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Edwards Garage in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta donated $3,000 to their local foodbank. Thank you for supporting those in need during this unprecedented time!



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Craig Dunn Chevrolet paired-up with their local Rotary Club to provide a GMC Terrain & staff volunteers to pick-up and deliver groceries to at-risk individuals in their community. In one week, over 175 orders were delivered!



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The Wolfe Automotive Group in Alberta launched a “helping hands” program to personally pick-up & deliver groceries for seniors & at-risk individuals in Edmonton, Calgary and Canmore!



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Using his 3D printer, Chris, an engineer at our St. Catharines' facility, designed & printed environmentally friendly ‘ear savers’ for masks to relieve pressure for front line medical staff. The ‘ear savers’ are marked w/ inspiring words & being donated across Canada for free!


Last Updated: 5/7/2020    |    Return to GM coronavirus Information