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GM Canada and Unifor, Oshawa, Ontario

An automotive giant now manufactures medical grade surgical masks.

Transcription – GM Canada and Unifor, Oshawa, Ontario

[Music starts]  

[Clips of people wearing face masks while working and personal protective equipment being manufactured]

Voiceover: When COVID-19 hit Canada, many companies approached the Government of Canada and asked, "How can we help?" General Motors Canada was one of them.

[Text on screen: #COVID19] 

Voiceover: The Government of Canada contracted GM Canada to provide 10 million masks at cost. By the middle of May 2020,

[Text on screen: #MADEINCANADA]  

Voiceover: GM Canada's Oshawa Operations plant was ready to produce masks to help in the fight against COVID-19. The company sourced materials, built a mask making clean room with enhanced safety protocols, installed equipment and, in partnership with Unifor, called back and retrained 60 workers. By September 2020, GM Canada produced an incredible 3 million face coverings – what a milestone! 

[Text on screen: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry] 

Minister Bains: A huge thank you to GM Canada and its workers, Unifor, and many other Canadian companies that are playing an important part in Canada's fight against COVID-19.

[Text on screen: #WEREINTHISTOGETHER] 

Minister Bains: You are tremendous reminder of Canadian innovation and compassion. Canada, we're in this together, and working together is our strength.

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[Canada wordmark] 

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