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

The Government of Canada today contracted General Motors of Canada 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.



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Every site. Every day.


To protect our employees and suppliers, everyone will be required to comply with a robust set of health and safety measures prior to entering our facilities.


Cleaning supplies, medical support, masks and safety glasses are just a few of the protective actions being provided to employees and visitors where appropriate.


We will continuously monitor and adapt our processes to continue to help protect our employees and and communities.




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

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.

"This is a proud day for all the employees of GM Canada to be preparing the Oshawa plant to make millions of face masks at cost to help Canada fight this COVID-19 Emergency," said Scott Bell, president and managing director, GM Canada. "We look forward to partnering with our government and union partners to make this happen quickly."

Everything we’re doing to fight the spread of this disease:

  • GM teams across manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, legal and more have been tirelessly and seamlessly working together to prepare a portion of the Oshawa plant to produce masks . We plan to manufacture approximately one million masks per month at cost for the Canadian government.
  • 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.
  • Many of our employees and dealers are leading grassroots efforts to give back to their communities; printing “earsavers” (which reduce pressure and tension while wearing a mask), picking up and delivering groceries, donating to local healthcare agencies and food banks, and sharing positive uplifting messages throughout neighbourhoods
  • We have expanded cleaning and sanitization services throughout our facilities for team members performing critical services.
  • Production in our North American manufacturing operations was suspended.
  • Most of our salaried employees are working from home in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • We have temporarily closed visitor access to all GM facilities.

  • IT and Internal Communication resources are available to employees to help them and their families adjust to working from home.
  • GM Financial customers in need of assistance can contact the GM Financial Customer Experience team by phone at 1-800-465-4591 or by email at cservice@gmfinancial.com.

Last Updated: 03/10/21