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Ford to lay off 450 workers from Oakville assembly plant

Last Updated Oct 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm EDT

Ford Flex crossover vehicles sit in parking lots outside the production facility in Oakville, Ont., Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Ford Motor Co.'s largest Canadian manufacturing operation will eliminate 450 jobs by early 2020 as the company discontinues two of the models made at the Oakville, Ont., complex. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The Ford Motor Company is making cuts to its assembly plant in Oakville, it was revealed on Monday.

An internal email shared among workers at the start of the day said the layoffs will affect about 450 workers who will likely lose their jobs early next year.

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.

Ford sold just shy of 2,500 flex crossovers through September — those sales numbers trailed all other Ford light trucks in their lineup.

This round of lay-offs is the second in less than a year, after cuts announced in July which the company blamed on slowing production and consumer demand.

Minister of Economic Development Vic Fedeli issues a statement saying he was disappointed to hear of the decision.

“We want the employees at the Oakville Assembly Plant to know that our government stands with them and their families,” he said in a statement.

Fedeli said the government has been in touch with Ford and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and will be reaching out to offer support to those affected.