Oshawa's Automotive Community
Help us launch a new exhibit for 2020.
Highlighting the origins, growth, and community impact of Canada’s largest automotive assembly plant.
With your support, the Canadian Automotive Museum will honour generations of residents whose identity was formed by the Oshawa auto sector.
Individual supporters can add their name to the exhibit for $50.
Honour a family legacy with a memorial sponsorship for $200.
Become a foundation member for $1,000 with a dedicated window pane in the exhibit.
The Canadian Automotive Museum is a registered charity, registration number is 106843121 RR0001. Charitable Tax Receipts are issued for donations over $25.
Donate using CanadaHelps.org
Prefer to make your Canadian charitable donations through CanadaHelps? Make a donation through your online account and we will add you to our donor wall.
Share your stories and photos
Did you or a family member work at the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant? Share your family stories and photographs with the Canadian Automotive Museum in order to make Oshawa’s Automotive Community as inclusive as possible. Stories and images can be submitted below or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In particular we are looking for:
Images of company and union social events from the 1970s-2010s
Stories of multiple generations working for the McLaughlins & General Motors
Memories of friendships, relationships, and family connections formed through the automotive industry.
Oshawa’s Automotive Community traces the origins, growth, and community impact of Canada’s largest automotive assembly plant, located in Oshawa, Ontario. Since the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile rolled off the line in December 1907, the Oshawa assembly plant has made a significant contribution to the economic and social fabric of Oshawa and the surrounding region. For more than 110 years, millions of Oshawa-built vehicles have been sold across Canada and exported around the world. Employing more than 20,000 people at its height, generations of local residents have defined their identity through the McLaughlin Motorcar Company and General Motors of Canada – forming a strong and unique community. With the announced closure of the assembly plant at the end of 2019, this multi-generational story will be commemorated from a community perspective.
Explore in-person and online
Thanks to funding from the Virtual Museum of Canada, Oshawa’s Automotive Community will be available online in both languages in an accessible format starting in March 2020. In addition, with your help, visitors will also be able to view the exhibit onsite on the second floor of the Canadian Automotive Museum. The south side of the museum’s Canadian Gallery will be transformed using funds raised with new full colour, bilingual interpretive panels telling the story of Oshawa’s automotive community. The space will be bright and inviting with new LED track lighting installed, freshly painted exhibit spaces, video screens, and a collection of Oshawa-built vehicles on display.
Thank you to our exhibit partners: The Oshawa Public Libraries, Ontario Regiment Museum, Unifor Local 222, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Museum, GM Oshawa Assembly Plant, Virtual Museum of Canada.