GM has confirmed to Unifor, the union representing its workers in Canada, the Oshawa, Ontario will close this year after evaluating alternative plans.
“We studied all of the different proposals in detail, some of which we studied in detail before, and they all added substantial incremental cost and they would not address the economic situation that we have with the shift in the marketplace,” David Paterson, vice president of corporate affairs at GM Canada, said.
Proposals put forward by Unifor include extending the life of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS currently produced at Oshawa. With sedan sales tanking, this was deemed uneconomic.
GM also dismissed the idea of shifting production of some crossovers, like the new made in Mexico Chevrolet Blazer, to Oshawa.
In protest Oshawa workers downed tools and walked off the job for the day.