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Ontario Attracts Cutting-Edge Research And Development Centre

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Ontario Attracts Cutting-Edge Research And Development Centre

New Partnership Fostering Innovation and Creating Jobs

Ontario and IBM Canada are partnering with several leading Ontario universities to create a world-class virtual Research and Development Centre in Ontario.

The project will create 145 new, highly skilled R&D jobs and help secure thousands of existing jobs at IBM in Ontario while supporting cutting-edge innovation.

The new IBM Canada Research and Development Centre will use state-of-the-art computer infrastructure to drive innovative discoveries in key areas and bring them to market.  The Centre's research will focus on:

  • Data management for health care, such as technology that can help doctors detect life threatening conditions in premature babies 24 hours earlier
  • Water conservation and management, such as reducing pollution in water systems by monitoring sewer systems and spotting problems in a pipeline before a leak
  • Energy management, such as finding better ways to track how hydro flows, reducing waste and saving customers money, and
  • Rapid urbanization and aging infrastructure in our cities, such as managing traffic lights to improve traffic flow.

The research projects will be supported by an expansion of IBM's software development labs in Markham and Ottawa, and a new high performance data centre in Barrie, set to be fully operational in late 2012.

Fostering innovation is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create a vibrant economy.  A strong economy creates jobs for Ontarians and protects the services that matter most to Ontario families - health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • In 2010, the information and communications technology sector employed about 276,000 people in Ontario, almost half of the Canadian total.
  • Toronto ranks fifth in high-tech employment in North America behind only Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and Dallas.
  • The project adds to IBM's more than $6-billion global R&D investment last year that helped generate over $1.7 billion in exports for Canada.
  • IBM opened its first Canadian office in Ontario in 1917. Today its software development lab in Markham is home to the largest team of IBM software professionals outside the United States.

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“This is a very exciting initiative that demonstrates Ontario is a leader in cutting-edge research. Thanks to Ontario's commitment to building an innovation-driven economy - with leading research institutions, a highly educated workforce and a favourable corporate tax environment - we are attracting world-leading initiatives, like IBM Canada's Research and Development Centre.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

“As we begin a new century of innovation for IBM, we're investing in this industry-building initiative to further advance Canada's competitiveness in the global digital economy, both now and in the future. Together with our government, academic and industry partners, we will apply new, collaborative approaches to Canada's productivity and competitiveness challenges by more fully leveraging IBM's 100-year legacy of research and development leadership here in Ontario.”

John Lutz

President, IBM Canada

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