Beyond the salaried workers who face job cuts, another 6,000 hourly workers at the five plants could still find their positions in jeopardy because of the restructuring.
GM hasn't said exactly when the other 2,000 salaried and contract jobs will be cut, although it will happen sometime this month.
All employees who get cut will receive job placement services and access to companies that have expressed interest in the employees, GM said.
General Motors says it has largely completed salaried job cuts in Canada as part of a wider restructuring, though it confirmed Monday it was continuing to make more cuts overseas.
'We are taking action now while the overall economy and job market are strong, increasing the ability of impacted employees to continue to advance in their careers, should they choose to do so'.
But on Friday a GM spokesman said the automaker had trimmed about 1,500 contract jobs, meaning about 4,000 more staff jobs will be cut, according to the Detroit Free Press.
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KPMG, which oversaw the process, will retain a further 122 employees at warehouse functions to assist in winding down operations. Collapsed music chain HMV has been saved after it was bought by Canadian firm Sunrise Records .
GM said earlier in 2018 that it would discontinue certain auto models over the next several years, but the gravity and timing of these changes was not as predictable from the outside perspective.
General Motors is also undertaking a 25% reduction in its executive workforce worldwide. Last week the company laid off three senior people in its Washington office.
President Donald Trump and USA and Canadian lawmakers have blasted GM's plans to end production at plants in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio and Maryland.
But GM chief executive officer Mary Barra wrote last week: "We are more convinced than ever that our strategy is sound and in the long term". Unhappy with the announcement, President Donald Trump said at the time new auto tariffs were being "studied".
Magna International Inc is also laying off about 120 people at its Lordstown Seating Systems plant that makes seats for GM vehicles.