Ford announces it will cut 450 jobs in Canada

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The vehicle was produced at Ford's Oakville Assembly Complex in Canada where they also built the Lincoln MKT, which ended production this month.

The news comes as Ford plans to end to the production on the Ford Flex, which will officially stop being made towards the end of November.

But the decision to no longer make it is part of a "plan to strengthen its focus on products in the heart of the fastest-growing segments", the company added.

These 450 layoffs are in addition to the 200 layoffs Ford announced at the Oakville Assembly Plant on July 17, 2019.

Unifor's president Jerry Dias called on Ford to move production of another vehicle to Oakville "to prevent permanent job loss".

Ford attempted to seize on the trend by launching the Ford Flex in 2009.

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Negotiations between Unifor and Ford for a new collective agreement are scheduled to take place in 2020, the union said. In July, the automaker said it would cut almost 200 jobs in Oakville starting in September as sales of some models slowed.

The models built at the Oakville plant have seen slumping sales in recent years, Thomas said.

"Ford's new lineup will include more hybrid models and more electric vehicle choices, including the launch of an all-new Mustang-inspired electric performance utility in 2020", said More.

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development issued a statement saying it had been in direct contact with Ford Motor Co. and that the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will offer support for affected workers.

Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli said that "we know that things are shifting, of course, but we continue to know that we make the best products in the world".

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