It is part of a wider restructuring that will eliminate 15,000 jobs, GM said on Monday.
Automotive consultant Dennis DesRosiers said he expects many suppliers will pick up other contracts from GM and others to minimize impacts, but that not all will be able to replace the work.
Ford says the province has called on the federal government to extend employment insurance eligibility by five weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks.
"We're going to continue to explore all opportunities that allow us to be more efficient with our investments, more efficient with our capital", she said.
Ford said along with shock and sadness, come feelings of anger and betrayal.
The company previously announced the closure of an assembly plant in Gunsan, South Korea.
"I can assure you of one thing - that plant is not closing without the fight of our lives", Greg Moffat, the chair of the plant's union local, told reporters Monday. "He said the ship has already left the dock".
Oshawa MPP Jennifer French told CTV News Channel that GM shuttering its operations would be "brutal" for the city, with effects of that decision rippling across southern Ontario.
"We'll do everything we can to help the families affected by this news get back on their feet". "I mean, there are a lot of people in the community who do have those jobs and it'll be sad to see them go".
The answer is that despite being profitable GM is seeing declining sales for particular cars.
GM announced the closure of its Oshawa assembly plant on Monday, along with four others in the US and three outside of North America.
GM said it's is evolving its global product development workforce and processes to drive world-class levels of engineering in advanced technologies as wells as to improve quality and speed to market.
Jerry Dias, head of the Unifor union that represents about 2,500 employees at the plants, said he does accept that the company has planned no autos for the factory beyond December, 2019.
In the 1980s, the facility employed as many as 40,000 people assembling and engineering cars for the United States and Canada.
Henry said he hoped GM would still find a way to build something new - such as autonomous vehicles - in a city used to change and adaptation. Is this part of something that's happening across Canada?
This is devastating news for the thousands of GM workers in Oshawa. "GM didn't build Oshawa, Oshawa built GM".
Robert Nichol, a 30-year employee at GM, and his daughter, a student employee for the company, listen at their union hall after GM announced it is closing up shop in Oshawa. She was joined by Colin Carrie, Canadian member of parliament, who said the report was "very concerning" and noted that the alleged move could affect the "economic wellbeing" of Oshawa's residents.
In 2009, GM shut down Oshawa's truck plant, blaming weak demand for pickup trucks and SUVs.
Other assembly operations to be closed are the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Michigan and the Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio. Plants in the US are also expected to be affected.
GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said the company is aiming to cut executive positions by 25 percent, as part of its overall push to cut it workforce.
She added that the largest U.S. automaker is "taking these actions now while the company and economy are strong, to stay ahead of fast-changing industry and market conditions".
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