General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

February 20, 2009 16:36 ET

GM Canada Delivers Plan for a "Leaner and Greener" Sustainable Company

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - GM Canada today delivered an achievable, transformative Restructuring Plan to the Canadian and Ontario Governments and asked for their support to complete the Plan. Despite further North American market deterioration, the Restructuring Plan will achieve long-term viability and enable GM Canada to repay Canadian taxpayers.

The Restructuring Plan has three key components:

1. Implement further "self help" cost reduction actions and adopt a new, beneficial "Contract Manufacturer" business model

2. Obtain the CAW's agreement to achieve legacy cost reductions and align active worker wage and benefit levels to benchmark levels

3. Complete Canadian and Ontario Government Support Agreements for sufficient financing to sustain operations and restructure GM Canada's balance sheet to address unsustainable legacy costs

Restructuring Plan Highlights:

- Maintains GM Canada's share of Canada / US production which is expected to range between 17% and 20% between 2009 and 2014. GM Canada remains one of Canada's largest automobile manufacturers

- Embraces the Federal and Ontario Governments' Principles for proportional production / proportional support vis-a-vis GM in the US

- Requires Agreements with the Canadian and Ontario Governments and the CAW to be completed in March 2009

- Enables the launch of five new vehicles in Oshawa and Ingersoll including new hybrid vehicle production, new flexible transmission production in St. Catharines and significant advanced environmental R&D for next generation electric car systems, with suppliers and universities in Canada

- Adopts more conservative market assumptions

- Retains GM Canada customers, dealer network and new vehicle line-up as the company's top strength and priority

- Contemplates no further GM Canada plant closures at this time, reflecting restructuring actions already announced

- Enables GM Canada to remain Canada's top selling automaker and offer more 2009 hybrid models than any competitor

- Includes shared sacrifices such as a 10% reduction in executive salaries and reduced benefits and pay for salaried workers

- Secures pensions for GM Canada retirees and would establish a "VEBA-like" structure for health care benefits

- Fully consistent with GM's loan conditions with the US Department of Treasury and GM's Viability Plan as submitted to the US Treasury on February 17, 2009

- Meets viability requirements by establishing GM Canada as a sustainable, stand-alone enterprise.

To view the complete Restructuring Plan visit

The GMCL Restructuring Plan should be read together with GM's Viability Plan submitted to US Treasury on February 17, 2009. GMCL has conducted extensive due diligence and shared comprehensive financial and competitive information with the Canadian and Ontario governments under appropriate non-disclosure agreements.

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is headquartered in Oshawa Ontario and employs 12,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through approximately 700 dealerships and retailers across Canada.

Contact Information

  • GM Canada
    Stew Low
    (905) 644-6786 or Cell: (416) 254-4224
    GM Canada
    David Paterson
    (416) 294-5484