​Bombardier Layoffs Cut 1,700 Jobs Amid Production​​

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January 21, 2021
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The latest Bombardier layoffs will cut 1,700 jobs! it was announced on Jan. 21. The company informed employees Tuesday of the layoffs, but it’s unknown whether any of the cuts will be at its large Downsview plant.

As Bombardier Aerospace struggles to get the new CSeries aircraft program off the ground, the company said it is eliminating 1,100 jobs in Canada and 600 in the United States to cut costs.

The company issued an internal memo Tuesday to warn employees of the looming job cuts, with the vast majority expected to be in the Montreal area including Mirabel, Bombardier’s manufacturing facility where the regional jet and CSeries programs are based.

Toronto’s Downsview plant, where the Q400 turboprops and the Global Express jets are built, will only be minimally affected.

“The mood today is difficult. It’s never easy to have to do this,” said Haley Dunne, a senior spokeswoman for Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal. “The impacted employees will be informed over the next few weeks,” though 300 of the jobs were already cut in December.

Affected positions run across the organization including manufacturing, assembly, engineering, sales, after-sales support, and support functions. They include both contract positions and permanent staff in both unionized and non-unionized jobs.

Dunne said Bombardier currently has about 300 unfilled positions, which are considered core jobs, so affected employees will be considered for them.

The job cuts come as Bombardier tries to preserve cash as it invests in costly development projects such as the CSeries program, budgeted for $3.4 billion (U.S.), as well as revamped Learjet and Global Express jets.

“Since the end of 2012, we have been going through many exercises within the company to reduce our costs, from limited business travel to no off-site meetings,” Dunne said.

“At this point, we have had to make the difficult decision to include workforce reductions.”

On Monday, Bombardier reported that it received 19 percent fewer aircraft orders in 2013, compared with a year earlier, which was blamed on a sluggish economy.

Bombardier has also struggled to fill its order book for its all-new CSeries aircraft, which has faced repeated delays. The latest came last week when officials announced the plane would not enter service until the second half of 2015, a longer delay than anticipated.

Once the CSeries ramps up production, some unionized positions could be recalled and other new jobs created.

The U.S. Bombardier layoffs are centred in Wichita, Kansas, where the company assembles the Learjet.

Prior to the Bombardier layoffs, the company had 38,350 employees worldwide including 22,200 in Canada and 5,700 in the United States.