Cisco to Create 1,700 Jobs in Ontario

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Cisco has committed to creating 1,700 jobs in Ontario over the next six years as part of a 10-year deal with the provincial government. The new jobs will focus on research and development. Currently, the company employs 1,300 people in Ontario, and says it could expand its headcount to 5,000 by 2024. The agreement calls for Cisco to invest $4 billion in the province, including $2.2 billion in salaries. In return for creating the jobs, Ontario will pitch in up… continue…

Hiring Shows Quebec’s Growth as Gaming Hub

Quebec is fast becoming a hub of gaming, courtesy of continued provincial funding in the sector. According to CTV Montreal, the Quebec government is investing $1.5 million to expand the studios at Warner Brothers Games Montreal. The grant goes toward a five-year, $63 million project that is expected to create 100 jobs, the television channel said. Currently, the studio has 325 permanent employees. The new jobs will reportedly pay about $70,000 a year. Warner Brothers Games is expecting even larger… continue…

Ubisoft Expects to Hire 500 Workers in Quebec

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Ubisoft is accelerating its growth in Quebec with plans to invest $373 million into its operations there over the next seven years. The plans are expected to generate an additional 500 jobs in the area, bringing its Quebec workforce to a total of 3,500 by 2020. While the company also plans to consolidate its North American online games infrastructure into its Montreal operations, there will be no impact at its U.S. facilities, according to a spokeswoman. With 26 studios in… continue…

BlackBerry Guts Sales Staff

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BlackBerry has given pink slips to half of its sales force, according to a report on the Canadian tech blog Cantech Letter. Bloomberg reports the number of people being laid off is 60. BlackBerry is cutting 60 jobs, primarily in sales, Adam Emery, a spokesman for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, said in a phone interview. The cuts and redeployment of salespeople are intended to get employees closer to key customers in the U.S., Emery said. The news comes on the… continue…

Sears Canada Outsourcing App Development, Management

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Sears Canada plans to lay off 138 IT workers and contract with IBM to have the work done in the Philippines. It’s cutting 245 jobs in all, most from its head office, and is contracting with Indian outsourcer Wipro to take over for discharged workers in finance and payroll. “These days, to keep up to date with all the system investments you need to make, it’s not our core business. We’re leaving it to people we feel can do it… continue…