Ontario Supporting Affected GM Workers, Families and Community

Published on October 23, 2019

Thanks to the Province’s $530,000 Investment

 

NORTHUMBERLAND - The Ontario government is putting people first by supporting workers laid off by the restructuring of the General Motors Oshawa plant by providing them with training and services to get back to work quickly.

 

Today, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development, was proud to stand with MPP David Piccini, MPP Lindsey Park, GM and Unifor to open an Action Centre that will give impacted GM employees local, targeted training and support to help them get back into the workforce.

 

“I want the people of GM and their supply chain in our region to know that our government will always stand with you,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South. “Our goal is to make sure the workers at GM receive support to access skills and training so they can move forward during this difficult time. We want to do everything to help them get back to work as quickly as possible.”

 

MPP Piccini also attended The Durham Region Auto Workers – Job Fair. The fair featured 50 community and employer organizations, including Employment Ontario, which will connect impacted GM and parts supplier workers with training and job opportunities.

 

“GM is working closely with the Ontario government, Unifor, Durham College, the city of Oshawa, and some 45 GTA employers to deliver transition support, generous retirement packages or new job opportunities for our Oshawa Assembly employees,” said Scott Bell, president and managing director, GM Canada. “With the transformation to a parts manufacturing operation and our new Advanced Vehicle Development Track at the Oshawa plant next year, GM expects to remain one of Oshawa’s largest employers for many decades to come.” 

“The City has made it a priority to work with GM, our post-secondary partners and all levels of government to help support the affected workers and their families,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “The action centre is an important step, providing retraining and education to help our people transition to new, good paying jobs.”

 

Ontario’s Rapid Re-employment and Training Service and local action centres are dedicated to connecting job-seekers with immediate supports and quick access to training for good, quality jobs.

 

The province is also taking action to make Ontario open for business by working closely with the auto industry through our 10-year plan, Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario's Automotive Sector.

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Ontario is investing $531,700 to help affected GM workers through its Rapid Re-employment Training Service.
  • The Employment Ontario network offers a range of services and supports that help businesses find talent and connect job-seekers to training and job opportunities.
  • Ontario’s Rapid Re-employment and Training Service and local action centres are dedicated to connecting job-seekers with immediate supports and quick access to training for good, quality jobs.

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Employment and Training Services in Ontario

 

Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario's Automotive Sector

 

Open for Business

 

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MEDIA CONTACT

 

Paige Wiggans, Executive Assistant

Office of MPP David Piccini

117 Peter St. Port Hope

O : 905-372-4000

E : david.piccinico@pc.ola.org

DavidPicciniMPP.ca