GM Canada to hire up to 1,000 engineers -report

Wed Jun 8, 2016 9:07am EDT
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TORONTO, June 8 (Reuters) - General Motors Co's Canadian unit is set to announce on Friday that it will hire up to 1,000 engineers, the Globe and Mail reported late on Tuesday, citing sources.

The company has a media event scheduled for Friday at its engineering center in Oshawa, Ontario. Spokeswoman Adria MacKenzie declined to say what will be announced.

"While there is speculation about the news, GM Canada is looking forward to sharing the news during the event," she said in an email.

The Globe and Mail said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was expected to attend the event along with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. The prime minister's office did not immediately comment, but a spokesman for the premier confirmed she would be there.

With the future of its manufacturing sites unclear, GM Canada has been expanding research and development in recent years, with the Oshawa facility part of a push to develop self-driving vehicles. In April 2015, GM said it was hiring 100 software engineers in Canada.

Meanwhile its consolidated assembly line, one of two remaining GM assembly lines in Oshawa, has been on the brink of closure since 2008. Last August GM said it would keep the line operating until 2017, the latest in a string of extensions.

The consolidated line produces the Chevrolet Equinox and the previous generation Chevrolet Impala. The flex line, GM's other Oshawa line, produces the current model Impala, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac XTS. (Reporting by Allison Martell in Toronto and Leah Schnurr in Ottawa; Editing by Alan Crosby)