Toronto - Hundreds of workers walked off the job and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed "deep disappointment" after General Motors on Monday announced the closure of its Oshawa plant, catching governments and employees by surprise.
Canadian officials, briefed on the plan on Sunday, promised to aid those affected by the December 2019 closure, part of a wider restructuring that will halt production of slow-selling models, including the Chevrolet Cruze, and slash GM's North American workforce.
GM said the closure affects 2973 assembly line jobs in the Ontario city, out of the carmaker's Canadian workforce of 8150.
"I spoke with GM (Chief Executive) Mary Barra to express my deep disappointment in the closure," Trudeau tweeted on Monday. "We'll do everything we can to help the families affected by this news get back on their feet."
GM told the provincial government that nothing could be done to keep the plant - located about 60 km east of Toronto - open, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said.