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General Motors to announce 1,000 new jobs in Oshawa, Ont., reports say

Media reports citing unidentified sources say automaker to make major announcement at its engineering centre in Oshawa Friday


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GM's Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ont. The automaker announced Dec. 1 the facility will build a fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volts. PHOTO: GM

GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ont. could be poised to add 1,000 jobs as GM aims to shore up automated vehicle research. PHOTO: GM

OSHAWA, Ont.—Published reports say General Motors Canada is expected to announce up to 1,000 new jobs this week.

The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, citing unidentified sources, say the jobs are expected to be announced Friday at General Motors’ engineering centre in Oshawa, Ont.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne are expected to be on hand when the announcement is made at GM’s Canadian headquarters.

The reports say the new positions will eventually be spread out at a number of General Motors research and development facilities.

General Motors said in 2012 that it would spend $750 million on research and development by 2017 under a commitment to the federal and Ontario governments, which provided some of the money for a 2009 bailout of its U.S-based parent.

The company has scheduled a press conference for Friday morning.


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