TORONTO, ONTARIOCanadian turboprop manufacturer De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. has announced that it would begin decommissioning its Toronto facility after it completes Dash-8-400s currently under its production lines.

De Havilland says production work will restart following the confirmation of collective agreement extensions on Oct. 26 by Unifor Locals 673 and 112 who work at the Downsview site.

Another Canadian aerospace company Bombardier Inc. sold the land in Toronto's north end in 2018 to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board.

De Havilland says it will store the decommissioned equipment while it reviews future production opportunities.

De Havilland Canada says it continues to have an optimistic outlook on its future and the future of the Dash 8 program and plans to be ready when demand for new aircraft recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company says its goal is to resume production at a new, undisclosed site as soon as possible and that its pause in production is a prudent measure that reflects current industry conditions.