Closure of Oshawa GM plant augurs transforming Ontario economy

Earlier this week, drowned out by the news that General Motors was going to close its historic assembly operations in Oshawa, Ont., there was another big industrial announcement in Ontario. It wasn’t about cars.

It was about chickens.

Maple Leaf Foods said it was going to build a new $660-million poultry-processing plant in London, Ont., that would eventually employ 1,450 workers. The Ontario government was going to provide $34.5 million in grants while the federal government was chipping in $28 million to build a state-of-the art facility.

It wasn’t all good news, however. The new Maple Leaf facility is going to replace three existing plants, in Toronto, Brampton and St. Marys, which are all going to close. The net job losses will be about 300.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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