Canada's Bombardier to lay off 550 workers at Ontario rail plant


The company has scheduled a town hall meeting at the plant on Wednesday, where details are expected to be released.

Members of Unifor local 1075, which represents the bulk of the plant's workforce, have been bracing for bad news because orders for Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx Go Transit rail cars are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. It's "fully committed" to bring 204 automobiles by the end of 2019. "And I think that's what the transit workers in Thunder Bay and all across Ontario - that's what they need to hear".

Local union president Dominic Pasqualino said he fears more job losses are on the horizon beyond the initial 550 as the contracts wind down.

"As soon as I found out there might be a layoff, I put my money where my mouth is", he said while speaking to reporters in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

"Our executive has spoken to executives at Bombardier to advise our disappointment that their company has taken this step".

Bombardier confirmed Wednesday that it plans to slash up to 550 jobs by November at the rail vehicle plant, which has been part of the Quebec-based firm's troubled streetcar order from the Toronto Transit Commission.

Bombardier laying off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ont. plant, according to a federal government source.

"We look forward to receiving full applications with project details and timelines so that Infrastructure Canada officials can conduct their due diligence and projects can be approved as soon as possible", he said in the letter.

"Every day that the federal and provincial government don't get together and sign a new contract, it's going to be another day that my people are going to be laid off".

Final month, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford talked about Ontario's regional transportation agency, Metrolinx, extended an offer for 36 further rail automobiles to Bombardier.

About half the 1,100 workers at the Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay appear headed for layoff with an undetermined duration.

"We have a plan sitting there that can keep these people employed", Ford said.

"We want a commitment for the federal share of that historic $28.5-billion expansion. Nevertheless it's getting terminate".

Bombardier, a Canadian-based global transportation giant, has been downsizing its aerospace and railway operations for several years as it attempts to improve profitability. It exited the commercial airplane trade and equipped its regional and turboprop operations. No native voice material requirement modified into dwelling by CDPQ Infra, the subsidiary of the Caisse main the mission.