"I had an opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister this morning". Plants in the United States are also expected to close, although other GM operations in Ontario appear to be safe.
The corporation will reduce the number of salaried employees by laying off 10,000 workers.
"What we're going to implement is that they can work the 20 hours and then they will be allowed to collect EI". "It might actually help the membership focus on jobs and survival more than getting more, more and more in terms of raises, benefits and bonuses".
Ford said along with shock and sadness, come feelings of anger and betrayal.
As for General Motors, Ford said he found out about the plant closure on Sunday afternoon.
"I felt like someone kicked me in the stomach", said David Green, a local union president. "He said the ship has already left the dock". We are looking at how best to align our programs to ensure maximum support is available for affected employees and their families.
GM CEO Mary Barra said the company is no longer focusing on the sedans and trucks manufactured in Oshawa.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains also expressed his disappointment about the announcement. My heart goes out to the families affected as well as the entire community.
Some social media users urged to boycott GM's cars in response.
Premier Doug Ford is acknowledging a very hard day for GM and its suppliers, after learning of the closure of the Oshawa Assembly Plant. The future, he said, was "scary", especially since his wife worked at the plant as well and they have an 11-month-old baby at home.
"The only way to make our point is to stop production", said April, a GM employee.
The plant closure, which affects 2,973 assembly line workers, would end more than century of vehicle production in the city east of Toronto.
The assembly plants include the GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio, which makes the Chevrolet Cruze, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in MI, where the Chevy Volt, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse are produced, and the plant in Oshawa, Ontario, near Toronto, which makes the Chevy Impala and the Cadillac XTS.
Production reached its peak in the 1980s after a almost $8-billion investment GM's Canadian manufacturing facilities, making Oshawa "Autoplex" one of the biggest assembly plants in the world, boasting a workforce of over 40,000.
Oshawa Mayor John Henry said he had not spoken to anyone from GM.
"I'm concerned, I haven't heard from General Motors yet and I'm waiting to hear what the story or announcement is tomorrow", Henry told 680 NEWS.
"So there are just a lot of questions about where the market is going, whether sales have peaked", Zarroli reported. Is this part of something that's happening across Canada?
Canada's largest private sector union, Unifor, said in a statement on Sunday that it had received notification from General Motors that the company would make a major announcement on Monday that would impact its global operations.
"GM didn't build #Oshawa".
"The UAW and our members will confront this decision by GM through every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue open to our membership", the union said in a statement. The company's other Ontario operations include the Cami factory in Ingersoll and an engine and transmission plant in St. Catharines.
We are also asking the federal government to work with their USA counterparts to remove all tariffs so that impacted auto parts suppliers can remain competitive after the Oshawa Assembly Plant closes its doors.
"I expect a little more out of GM but I shouldn't be surprised".
"The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future", Barra said.
She added that the largest USA automaker is "taking these actions now while the company and economy are strong, to stay ahead of fast-changing industry and market conditions".