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Helping Laid-off Technology Workers In Waterloo

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Helping Laid-off Technology Workers In Waterloo

McGuinty Government Working To Keep Leading Talent In Ontario

Ontario is helping laid-off technology workers in Waterloo get the advice, training and support they need to continue their careers in the province.

Partnering with Communitech, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Research In Motion, Ontario's three-point plan to help laid-off workers includes:

  • Working with Communitech -- through Employment Ontario -- to help workers find new jobs in the technology sector in the Region.
  • Adding spaces in entrepreneurship and business programs at the University of Waterloo and  Wilfrid Laurier University to help laid-off workers develop skills to start their own businesses, especially in technology. 
  • Creating an action centre to help the laid-off workers find a new job, get employment counselling or go back to school through Second Career

Also the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation will continue to work with businesses to promote economic growth in the Waterloo region.

This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to help all Ontarians turn the corner and get the education and training they need for the jobs of the future.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario government's Rapid Re-employment and Training Service was created to respond within one hour to provide immediate assistance to workers hit by layoffs and plant closures, so they can quickly access existing Employment Ontario programs and services.
  • Ontario is first in Canada and third in North America in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector for a number of businesses - employing about 270,000 people, representing about 50 per cent of total Canadian ICT employment.
  • Waterloo Region's technology sector generates over $30 billion in revenues annually in a community of just 550,000 people.

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Glen R. Murray

“Our government is committed to helping affected workers receive the immediate support they need to get back on their feet and continue building Waterloo's innovative, high-tech sector.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Brad Duguid

“Taking action now to invest in the skills and vision of these talented and experienced people will help Ontario maintain its leadership in information and communications technology.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

“Working together, we can maintain and strengthen our lead as a centre for technology and innovation, and help these talented people find new opportunities here in Waterloo Region.”

John Milloy

MPP for Kitchener Centre

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