This morning at 10:00am General Motors announced the closure of their entire plant operations here in Oshawa.
The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is deeply disappointed by the news today. We understand this is a global decision, but recognize that it will have an enormous impact on business locally and across the region and province.
Both hourly and salaried employees of General Motors, along with employees of a range of other companies that support General Motors with parts etc. will be affected throughout the province.
The ripple effect will touch thousands of families whose livelihood depends on General Motors and its suppliers as well as the small and medium sized businesses who will lose customers for their products and services. We keep in mind these families and all the businesses that this announcement will affect. Oshawa has seen many changes to General Motors over the years. It was Sam McLaughlin who started the McLaughlin Carriage Company of Canada, then the McLaughlin Motor Company which led to the creation of General Motors Canada in 1918 right here in Oshawa. General Motors once employed 40,000 people and slowly that number decreased to 2500 today.
Oshawa is a resilient City; we have seen and been through difficult times and we stand strong together, supporting one another. As Mayor John Henry said “We are all in this together”. Oshawa has benefited from increased diversification over the past decade. We have seen growth in the education, health and IT sectors and we have the capacity to continue to grow in all of these areas and beyond.
As the acknowledged “Voice of Business”, for over 90 years, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce will continue to support our members and all businesses. We will continue to work within our community and to advocate with all levels of government to ensure the kind of robust economic development that will allow us to avoid similar announcements in the future and to emerge stronger and more prosperous than ever.
We are Oshawa Strong!
Nancy Shaw Kyle Douglas