GM Canada Update on Oshawa Mask Manufacturing

Equipment Installed and Training Has Begun


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OSHAWA, Ont. (May 8, 2020)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, the Company has 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 General Motors’ 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.

The Company is working with Unifor to begin to recall approximately 50 workers for two shifts of face mask production. GM Canada expects to complete final details with the government soon and will announce an official start of production date at that time.

About General Motors Canada

General Motors of Canada Company markets Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles through our strong Canadian network of dealers, as well as OnStar and MAVEN services. Headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, GM Canada is a recognized leader in advanced manufacturing, green operations, active safety, and autonomous and connected vehicle technology research and development. More information on the company can be found at or by following @GMcanada on Twitter or Instagram.

À propos de General Motors du Canada

La Compagnie General Motors du Canada distribue les véhicules Chevrolet, Buick, GMC et Cadillac par l’intermédiaire de notre solide réseau de concessionnaires du Canada, en plus d'offrir les services OnStar et MAVEN. La société GM Canada, dont le siège social est situé à Oshawa, en Ontario, est reconnue comme un chef de file en matière de fabrication de pointe, d'exploitation écologique, de sécurité active et de recherche et développement de technologies de véhicule connecté et autonome. Pour en savoir plus sur GM Canada, visitez le site ou abonnez-vous à @GMcanada sur Twitter ou Instagram.

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

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