Mask Making Milestone: GM Canada celebrates one million masks made at Oshawa Operations

Oshawa, Ontario — July 10, 2020 marks GM Canada’s Oshawa Operations first millionth milestone on its journey to 10 million masks. 

GM welcomed Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, to produce the millionth mask out of the Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room for the Government of Canada. 

“Thank you to our government for their leadership and partnership as we work towards producing 10 million masks,” said Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director. “Today marks a significant milestone and we’re proud to do our part to help keep Canadians safer.”

GM Canada received its Medical Device Establishment License on April 22, and in just over three weeks with support from GM’s global supply chain, the company sourced materials, built a ‘Canadian Mask Making (CMM)’ clean room with enhanced safety protocols, installed the required equipment, and recalled and trained 60 workers for two shifts of production in Oshawa in partnership with Unifor. The official start of production began on May 26, 2020.

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