By on December 21, 2015

General Motors in Canada said Monday that it would provide assistance to Syrian refugees in that country through job training and money, the automaker announced.

“We are witnessing an outpouring of community support across Canada which recognizes the importance of a coordinated and thoughtful approach to refugee resettlement,” Steve Carlisle, president of General Motors of Canada, said in a statement.

The program will help connect refugees to local dealers looking for potential technicians or candidates for jobs. Would-be candidates will be trained in nearby community colleges through GM’s Automotive Service Educational Program.

In addition to the training program, GM said it would donate $50,000 to the Community Foundations of Canada’s “Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees.” According to the automaker, roughly 25,000 Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Canada within the next few months.

It’s unclear how many jobs GM may offer to qualified refugees or how much the program may cost the automaker. A spokesman for GM in Canada didn’t immediately respond to our questions.

A GM spokesman in the U.S. said he was unaware of any similar program in the U.S.

Good on GM Canada today.

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68 Comments on “GM Canada Connecting Syrian Refugees With Service Jobs...”


  • avatar
    VW16v

    Wonder why Canada has not had any Muslim terrorist issues?

    • 0 avatar
      andyinatl

      So unless they’re provided with jobs and services on the silver platter, there should be terrorism expected?

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        It’s a complex economic niche. Give them jobs and services lavishly and gratis; receive undying hatred and endless murderous attacks that keep your really dangerous population, trained ex-military, employed by the DHS and local police.

        Globalism makes for some pretty sick symbioses.

      • 0 avatar
        Astigmatism

        As more than seven times as many people have been killed by lightning in the US as have been killed by Islamist terrorist attacks over the last decade, you shouldn’t expect a particularly material amount of terrorism.

        However, it shouldn’t be surprising that a welcomed, integrated part of the community is less likely to see its members radicalized than one that’s alienated and isolated.

        • 0 avatar
          RideHeight

          Well, then we need more mooslims! Can’t let lightening outscore allah.

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            OMG! I misspelled lightning! Now I’m just an ordinary schlub. I will savor and nurture my bitterness until it flowers into Sudden Jihad Syndrome!

            If my wife lets me, that is.

          • 0 avatar
            APaGttH

            Maybe Allah sent the lightning – huh – huh – if you’re going to be fearful just go all in.

            Otherwise just enjoy a big bowl of popcorn on the @$$ hattery of comments that are to come.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Exactly zero Americans have been shot by Muslim refugees. 5 Americans have been shot by their own dogs.

            I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            I had no idea that our pets were being converted to radical Islam!

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            ALPO = Allah Loving Pets Online

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            Coming to a theater near you:

            Lassie Come Home with a Suicide Vest
            Old Yeller is Rabid for Allah
            101 Dalmatians Meet the 72 Virgins
            All Dogs Go to Paradise

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            “just enjoy a big bowl of popcorn on the @$$ hattery of comments that are to come.”

            *I* am the hatted ass here, Sir! And I shall not relinquish my position.

          • 0 avatar
            05lgt

            Pretty sure every one of those 5 dogs was mad about being unjustly blamed for smells. bad smells. Profiling and all that.

        • 0 avatar
          andyinatl

          Hate to take the topic away from cars, but in order to be welcomed and integrated, people have to want to be integrated. If there is no desire to assimilate, this population will never feel welcomed.

          If we look at past immigraton waves; italians, irish, russians, ukrainians, etc. came in, learned language, got jobs, got their american dream house, car, participated in economy/community etc. Their kids assimilated even faster.

          The new wave of immigrants want to come and have everyone serve them, never bother to learn the language or learn the customs of the country they came into, and then still at every opportunity brag how wretched of a place the America is. Not everyone, but a large part of the new immigrants. There can’t be a talk of integration with predisposition like this.

          I really feel for the latest refugees from Middle East though; there are a lot of them that all they want is better future for themselves and their kids and are prepared to work hard for it. But then you see another demonstration on the border somewhere in Europe…

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Andy, Do you have any evidence that Syrian refugees refuse to be integrated into Canada or the US?

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            “The new wave of immigrants want to come and have everyone serve them, never bother to learn the language”

            The comments section of this website is full of whiners who are barely fluent in one language. I had no idea that they were Syrian refugees!

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Looks like Trump has at least one vote lined up.

            On the subject of immigrating to a new land and integrating with the indigenous population – what did the early settlers do to the aboriginals?

            Calling them savages and engaging in genocide sounds very Daesh to me.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            VoGo wins COTD yesterday for the Alpo thing.

      • 0 avatar
        carguy

        Perspective always helps:

        Since 9/11/2011, 45 people have been killed on American soil by jihad inspired extremists.

        During the same time about 150,000 people have been gunned down for other motives.

        Prioritize your fears accordingly.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      VW16v – we’ve had one that I know of and some plots were caught before they were implemented.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al From 'Murica

      They had that Parliament shooting bit so, yeah, not none.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @Big Al From ‘Murica – yes and this is an interesting tidbit about the shooter:
        ” The attacker, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was a 32-year-old Canadian habitual offender and drug addict from Montreal. Considered by several acquaintances to have mental issues, he had been observed by acquaintances and mosque staff exhibiting erratic behaviour.”

        The guy could of easily have been an atheist or Christian Fundamentalist.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al From 'Murica

          Well it could have just as easily been a space alien but it wasn’t.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al From 'Murica

            Also, based on what we saw in Iraq he would be a prime candidate. They were known to use folks with mental issues to carry out plots. The bombmaker wasn’t going to set off the ied as there was a good possibility he’d get shot in the aftermath and they were too valuable. Better to get somebody like this guy and they were easier to convince. Then you’d get some that were coerced with threats to the family and stuff. Honestly the “I want to die for Allah” crowd was the smallest group.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al From 'Murica

            Could be a great marketing coup for Ram Trucks. “You don’t want no Shevolays…them terrorist build em’…and them Ferds are built in Sharia lovin’ Dearborn Michigan.”. Ram…because Murica’

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Big Al From ‘Murica – “Imported from Detroit” takes on a whole new meaning.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    “an outpouring of community support across Canada”

    Must be the beer, eh?

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Here’s hoping the Mexican government is willing to build us a second wall

    • 0 avatar
      Charliej

      Actually Mexico is planning on taking between ten thousand and one hundred sixty thousand refugees. Mexico has traditionally been a haven for refugees. After the Spanish civil war, over one hundred thousand refugees were accepted. After WW2 many more were accepted. It seems that the Mexican people are not as paranoid and ignorant as are Americans.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Bowl of popcorn ready

  • avatar
    Pch101

    There must be a way to blame Obama and the UAW for this.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    1. Is GM-Canada really that short on technicians?

    2. How is a resident Canadian supposed to feel about paying their own way through tech school, only to find that a person of ‘special status’ was trained for free and took the job they aspired to?

    Sure, it’s a great program.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      1. Is GM-Canada really that short on technicians?

      Yes. Tried to get your car fixed at a GM dealer lately? They need all the competent help they can get.

      2. How is a resident Canadian supposed to feel about paying their own way through tech school, only to find that a person of ‘special status’ was trained for free and took the job they aspired to

      Happy that someone well trained and hard working is fixing their car, while they are free to take an even better job.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        You’re not supposed to think about this if you’re a resident Canadian. The jobs are given to these non-citizens because they’re in need. It doesn’t matter that you’re a natural citizen or more qualified – you aren’t in need.

    • 0 avatar
      mason

      To hell with taking care of your own. That won’t get you any publicity.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “2. How is a resident Canadian supposed to feel about paying their own way through tech school, only to find that a person of ‘special status’ was trained for free and took the job they aspired to?”

      I recall in the 70’s when East Indian immigrants were flooding the country. There were many saying, “they are taking all of our jobs”.

      My dad wasn’t the most immigrant friendly person on the planet but he did make a comment to a bunch of social assistance whiners, “Well, if you guys applied for all of the jobs then they wouldn’t have any jobs to come to.”

      We tend to forget that everyone’s ancestors were immigrants at one time or another.
      Another point lost is the fact that we aren’t having enough children to ensure growth. We need immigration.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        You’re missing my point.

        I’m not against immigration, or helping people in need; I’m against governmental affirmative action which tilts the playing field.

        With Canada’s birth rate at 1.6 births per woman, you are correct about shrinking population. (The US is 1.9).

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Good to see a company step up and offer this.

  • avatar
    Penvon

    All these Syrians are missing now is for the government or some sponsors to build them their own 3 bedroom house for free,with a complete basement & backyard with a shed (maybe a dog or cat)…& have GM donate cars as well & they’ll be well off….Boy those Syrians are getting it good.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Penvon – yes having one’s home and life destroyed by extremists sure is “getting it good.”

      A friend of mine was one of the “boat people”. They gave most of their wealth and possessions to smugglers to get them to a safer place. They were then raided by pirates (most often associated with the smugglers) and were left to die on deserted islands.
      He came to Canada with nothing and was near death. He was clothed and fed by religious groups and health restored by tax payers. He went to school and got a degree. He has been a productive member of Canada for 30 years. His children(born in Canada) are educated and are productive members of Canada.
      We received scores of refugees from Europe during WW1 and WW2. Should they be scorned too?

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      This is an action taken by a company, not the government. You shouldn’t care, as it’s their money, not yours.

  • avatar
    46and2

    Oh Canada. What a silly little people you are.

    If you truly had some generosity gurgling up from your loins [you don’t] you’d admit refugees from this side of the globe, as in latin America, Mexico, etc. Refugees have been knocking on your door for decades, and you’ve done nothing. People are being killed, kidnapped, raped and beheaded daily not far from your borders and you want Syrians instead. You refuse to fight ISIS anymore because you’re cowards. Now you want to pat yourself on the back and show the world how generous you are. Trudeau is a fraud and you are frauds. At least Harper provided some type of leadership.

    BTW, how’s your open pit tar sands helping the world fight global warming while you complain and do nothing. Oh I know, you want to fly 100s of thousands of people from the other side of the globe…no CO2 there.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      In fairness, isn’t this more GM’s doing than any group of Canadians who daren’t oppose a PR initiative from one of the last industries employing large numbers of under-educated white people in NA?

      • 0 avatar
        46and2

        It’s hard to tell where this dumb idea came from.

        Seems like to me that there’s this group in Canada called “First Nations” who are Canadian citizens that the govt has kicked off their land, molested their kids in its govt schools, and isolated them from prosperity…seems like these people could use some opportunity and jobs. Hear that GM…there are Canadian citizens that could use a hand-up and not a boot on the neck….again.

        Oh, and what about the African refuges in Darfur, Congo, Sierra Leon, the persecuted in Nigeria and Libya…too bad they didn’t make the front page of the newspaper like the Syrians. How convenient.

        Don’t worry Canada, every other advanced democracy will fight terrorism and ensure your freedom. You just relax.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          46and2 – wow.
          It has been a slow process in correcting past wrongs inflicted upon First Nation’s by colonialism.
          You mention Harper who happened to be at the helm during the civil wars in Darfur et al. It was also Harper at the helm who opted out of Kyoto.
          If you are going to make comments based along left or right lines then at least try to get your facts straight.
          There was a recent battle between Daesh and Kurd’s where Canadian JTF2 “trainers” ended up in actual combat.
          Our new Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is an IndoCanadian who immigrated to Canada when he was 5 years old. He served as a police officer and then joined the Canadian Military. He did three tours in Afghanistan. He is not a “chicken hawk”.
          On the subject of terror, your comments are full of ignorance. Ignorance is the breeding ground of hate. Hate begets terrorism.

          But you probably wouldn’t understand that.

        • 0 avatar
          formula m

          So Canada is on your hate list too?

          I’m sure the rest of America doesn’t want you speaking for them 46and2.

          Merry Christmas

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          46and2, are you on prescription medication?

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      @46 and 2……seriously ? ….We’re cowards ?…….

      Nah ……now that I think about it, I won’t stoop to your level.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Sometimes you just have to do some things on faith. And I don’t mean Christian faith or Muslim faith or Jewish faith. Just faith that that this thing will work out. Good on ya GM.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    Are Canadian Soldiers going to be part of the inevitable “Syrian Coalition”? Another country to fight for a place the inhabitants seem uninterested in fighting for. Least I’ll be retired for this one.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Big Al From ‘Murica – my understanding is that we plan on withdrawing air support ( a role that we were involved in a rather limited way), and replacing it with “advisors” and “trainers”. The irony of that is just recently our Special Forces “Advisors” had to get involved in combat when Daesh mounted an offensive.

  • avatar
    jellybean123

    This is what first nations do. They assist people that have come from countries at War. Many of us cannot understand what it’s like to be in their shoes. In my opinion it’s better to provide training and assistance so they can get working than to be sitting at home collecting welfare or EI.
    That being said I would like to see more assistance for Canadians who are unemployed. Many within the GTA have years of experience and are finding it difficult to find something. I get why they send people to Toronto. However, we are outgrowing our infrastructure and overpopulating to the point where traffic is crazy.

  • avatar
    pragmatist

    You mean there are not enough unemployed Canadian citizens for those jobs??

  • avatar

    I’m not against helping honest hardworking people from anywhere, but i do have a problem when they come in and then demand changes to suit their religious,social and legal requirements. Anyone for stoning their daughters for losing their viginity before marriage?
    Yet companies like GM will not hire out of work Americans or Canadians because we are either too old, over educated or undereducated or our demographic predicts higher workers comp rates etc. That pisses me off. However they’ll help these people while I can’t get so much as a small business loan because I’m too small a business.

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