GM Canada Has Pivoted in the Past – Change is Part of Our History

Find out how GM Canada has pivoted in the past and sign-up to learn more about our history…


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Find out how GM Canada has pivoted in the past and sign-up to learn more about our history…

On May 26, 2020, the government of Canada contracted GM Canada to produce 10 million face masks at cost to support the fight against COVID-19. A portion of the Oshawa Assembly Plant was transformed at record speed into the Canadian Mask Making room. At the end of 2020, over 7 million face masks had already been produced on the journey to 10 million.

Did you know?

Transforming part of the Oshawa Assembly Plant into the Canadian Mask Making room isn’t the first time we’ve pivoted from vehicle assembly to mass produce items that are designed to help Canadians.

In the late 1930’s, GM Canada was producing McLaughlin Chevrolets when it began a collaboration with the government and other automotive companies, drawing up standard vehicle designs to prepare for war. GM’s expertise in techniques of mass production enabled a quick transition to producing equipment to help win the war.

During World War II, the General Motors plant in Oshawa played a key role, supplying over 200,000 armored cars and trucks that were designed and manufactured specifically for military use. The tool room in Oshawa made the fixtures for 3.7 cm anti-aircraft gun carriages that were used to mount naval guns.

In 1928, GM opened an assembly plant in Saskatchewan, building Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac vehicles. When the war hit, the Saskatchewan plant rapidly retooled to produce gun carriages for two and six pounder anti-tank guns.

Sign up to Learn More About GM’s History in Canada

GM Canada has a rich and interesting history. If you want to learn more about this, the Canadian Automotive Museum is holding a ‘Third Thursday Lecture Series.’

There’s no charge to attend, however a $10 donation is suggested to help the museum cover costs to run these events and registration is required.

Their first lecture will begin next week, join Canadian author and historian Dale Edward Johnson as he explores the origins, struggles, and personal stories behind "GM West." 

Click the link to sign up: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.