GM Canada Demonstrates Sustainability Leadership in 2017 as Top Electric Vehicle Company in Canada and an Environmental Leader in Manufacturing

GM releases Global Sustainability Report for 2017


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OSHAWA, Ontario (June 12, 2018) – Today, General Motors released its 2017 Global Sustainability Report, highlighting GM’s worldwide commitments to the environment and community. General Motors Canada demonstrated its sustainability leadership in 2017 by selling over one third of all new electric plug-in vehicles in Canada, and with its landfill free manufacturing and innovative GHG-reducing projects, including the landfill gas cogeneration project at the St. Catharines Propulsion Plant. GM Canada also announced a three-year $1.8 million commitment to help inspire girls and young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  

“With the release of GM’s 2017 Global Sustainability Report, we take pride in our Canadian market leadership in electric vehicle sales with the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, as well as our landfill free manufacturing and St. Catharines landfill gas cogeneration project that will cut GHGs by 77%,” said David Paterson, Vice President Corporate & Environmental Affairs for GM Canada. “We also look forward to partnering across Canada to promote STEM education, especially among girls and young Canadian women.”

Canadian Sustainability Highlights

  • Delivering an electrified future – GM Canada is the #1 retailer of electric vehicles in Canada with more than 6,400 units sold last year. The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Volt combined sold one-third of all EVs in Canada last year. Since its launch, the Bolt EV has received several awards, including being named the 2018 Canadian Green Car of the Year at the Green Living Show.
  • Driving toward a zero-waste future – In 2017, GM Canada achieved 100 per cent land-fill free operations at all of our manufacturing facilities. Oshawa Assembly and the Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) Oshawa Campus are the latest Canadian operations to join GM’s growing list of landfill-free facilities.
  • Innovative energy solutions – In December 2017, GM Canada announced the construction of a 6.4-megawatt cogeneration plant at the St. Catharines Propulsion Plant that will reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 77 per cent.
  • Supporting the next generation of automotive innovators – General Motors Canada is helping inspire the next generation of technological innovators through its support of innovative programs that encourage children – particularly young girls – to explore the STEM fields. Through GM Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, more than 16,000 students were engaged country wide, in a variety of STEM programming. More than 50 per cent of those students were girls.
  • Greening our facilities – Nine of our eleven Canadian sites are now certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) of Canada, and GM Canada now has 213 acres of actively managed wildlife habitat space across the country. In addition to the planned cogeneration project, the St. Catharines Plant is saving $2.1 million in other energy conservation initiatives, such as LED lighting replacements, which conserves enough energy to power 2,000 homes for a year. Use of solar thermal panels at our sites, including at both our Canadian Technical Centre Markham Campus and CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario, are also saving money and reducing GHG emissions, by offsetting use of gas-generated electricity with renewable solar energy.

To experience the interactive report and learn how General Motors is driving value through environmental, social and governance factors, visit  


About General Motors in Canada

General Motors of Canada markets Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles through Canada’s impressive dealer network, as well as OnStar and MAVEN services. Headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, GM Canada employs more than 8,000 people across the country and is a recognized leader in advanced manufacturing, green operations, active safety, and autonomous and connected vehicle technology research and development. For more information about General Motors Canada, please visit, or follow @GMcanada on Twitter.

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