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GM expected to add 1,000 new jobs, some in Kitchener

Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 8:36 am EDT

A sign outside Oshawa's General Motors car assembly plant is shown in Oshawa on Sept.17, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

General Motors Canada is planning to announce 1,000 new jobs at its engineering centre in Oshawa on Friday.

The Toronto Star says both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne are expected at the announcement.

Sources also tell the paper the jobs will likely be spread across a number of research facilities, including GM’s new office at Kitchener’s Communitech Centre.

The engineering centre in Oshawa has received a mandate to develop technology related to driverless and connected vehicles.

GM Canada’s President is quoted as saying the announcement has nothing to do with the fate of the GM assembly plants in that city.