Factory fund: opening of the first electric vehicle production line at CAMI Ingersoll, third shift in Oshawa

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Ingersoll, Ontario — Two Ontario-based auto plants need a makeover after the federal government announced Monday a $259 million investment in General Motors assembly plants in Ingersoll and Oshawa.

The cash injection will allow CAMI Ingersoll to open the automaker’s first electric vehicle production line in the province to manufacture EV600 electric commercial vans for GM subsidiary BrightDrop, as well as introduce a third shift at CAMI Oshawa to produce Chevrolet Silverados.

“Working with our government partners, we reopened our Oshawa plant, creating thousands of new jobs and hiring a record number of women in production roles. Later this year, our CAMI plant in Ingersoll will launch Canada’s first large-scale electric vehicle manufacturing with BrightDrop,” said GM Canada President and CEO Marissa West.

“This partnership with the governments of Ontario and Canada is helping GM build a more diverse, innovative and sustainable electric vehicle industry and supply chain for the future – and we’re proud to do it right here in Canada.” .

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said GM expects this “reignition” of the Oshawa plant will open 2,600 new jobs to the local community and be a huge vote of confidence in Ontario. , from GM.

“Ontario is proud to support GM’s major investment in its Oshawa and Ingersoll plants to manufacture the company’s next-generation models, including the new BrightDrop all-electric commercial vehicle,” said Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Minister Vic Fedeli.

“By reducing the cost of doing business in Ontario by nearly $7 billion a year, our government has created the right economic conditions to attract another historic investment that further positions Ontario as a North American leader. in the development and construction of the cars of the future.

This government investment comes just weeks after the launch of a similar project with Stellantis to help build a battery manufacturing plant in Windsor, Ontario.

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