Premier Welcomes 1,500 Jobs At New Dell Centre In Ottawa
Jobs Will Boost Local Economy, Strengthen Ontario’s Prosperity
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty joined Dell executives and local officials to open a new customer contact centre that will create 1,500 new jobs in Ottawa and help strengthen Ontario's economic advantage.
"Today's announcement is great news for families in Ottawa and throughout our entire province," said Premier McGuinty. "When we attract high-value jobs and investment from global companies like Dell, we not only show the world Ontario can compete and win, we also build more prosperity for families across our province."
Premier McGuinty made his comments at the official opening of a new Dell centre that provides technical support and services for customers throughout North America. At the ceremony, Dell unveiled its plans to add another 1,000 jobs at the centre.
This is on top of the 500 jobs Dell first announced in December, for a total of 1,500 new jobs for people living in Ottawa and surrounding areas. As part of this expansion, Dell plans to add 150 sales people, and more services for government and French-language customers.
Since coming to office, the McGuinty government has worked to create an investment-friendly climate in Ontario to show that it is on the side of businesses that help Ontario prosper. These initiatives include:
- Encouraging strong job creation, with almost 230,000 net new jobs in the last two years
- Creating the Ministry of Research and Innovation to help support the discovery, funding and marketing of new ideas and technologies
- Launching a five-year, $30-billion infrastructure plan
- Starting to phase out the province's capital tax, which taxes investment instead of profit, by introducing a five per cent tax rate cut in January, 2007 -- two years ahead of schedule.
"Ottawa has become an internationally recognized hub for research and innovation," said Premier McGuinty. "Dell's investment proves once again that Ontario's workforce is second to none, and with our well-educated and highly skilled people, we'll be the place to be for years to come."