GM to expand engineering team in Ontario, create more than 700 new jobs

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WATCH ABOVE: General Motors is hiring in Ontario. It's a boost for the struggling auto sector. As Mike Drolet reports, there won't be more shifts on the assembly line but a shift in thinking toward new technologies – Jun 10, 2016

OSHAWA, Ont. – General Motors has announced plans to expand research into self-driving vehicles and open a new software centre in Markham, Ont., later this year.

Under the initiative, the automaker would create more than 700 new engineering jobs over the next few years.

The company was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne at its headquarters in Oshawa, Ont.

GM’s announcement marks a major shift towards autonomous vehicle development, a sector some say is poised to boom over the next several years.

The company also says it will spend $10 million to upgrade its cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, Ont.

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