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Ontario Stands by BlackBerry and Its Workers

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Ontario Stands by BlackBerry and Its Workers

Province's IT Industry Remains Strong

Ontario is offering assistance to laid-off BlackBerry workers and is continuing to work with the province's IT sector to create jobs and attract investment.

As part of Ontario's Rapid Re-employment and Training Service, the government has extended the contract of a specialized Job Action Centre called "Tech Jobs Connex," located in the Waterloo Region, to ensure workers can quickly access Employment Ontario programs to help them regain employment.

BlackBerry remains an integral part of Ontario's IT industry and is a global icon of Ontario innovation.

The government will continue working proactively with all companies in Ontario's IT industry to spur innovation, attract investment and create jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Employment Services resources are also available at nearby at Conestoga College and Northern Lights – the Kitchener-Waterloo Employment Services Centre.
  • Ontario’s Information Communications and Technology industry directly employs about 250,000 people, representing almost half of the sector employment in Canada.
  • Ontario ranks third in North America after California and Texas for the number of Information Communications and Technology establishments.
  • Some of the industry’s leading companies – including Ericsson, IBM and OpenText – conduct key R&D in Ontario.
  • Ontario’s Information Communications and Technology industry is concentrated in three technology clusters: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, and the Greater Toronto Area.

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“Undoubtedly these are challenging times for BlackBerry, but none of us should forget what this company has accomplished. Our government will work closely with the company, its workers, local and regional municipal leaders, and business leaders to assist workers and find the best way forward.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

“The partnership between Waterloo region, local businesses, the Ontario government and Communitech continues to strengthen as we stand with the community to ensure that they have all the supports they need to remain a hub of innovation.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“I have every confidence that the technology industry in Waterloo Region will continue to thrive. With nearly 1,000 tech companies employing 30,000 people, the tech industry in Waterloo Region is resilient and growing.”

John Milloy

MPP for Kitchener Centre

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