Ontario Government Partners with RIM to Help Laid Off Tech Workers in Waterloo

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

This summer we've talked a lot about how Waterloo's technology industry is thriving, even in the face of adversity. In fact, Waterloo recently dubbed itself Canada's top innovation hub.

But with RIM potentially laying off up to 3,000 people today, not everything is rosy. Which is why the Ontario government has stepped in to assist this new wave of laid-off workers.

Partnering with Communitech, local universities, and Research In Motion, Ontario is employing a three-pronged approach to help laid-off workers cope with job loss and find new employment. Communitech and Employment Ontario will help workers find new jobs in the Waterloo region's tech sector; the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will add spaces to their entrepreneurship and business programs to help the unemployed develop new skills; and an action centre will be created to offer employment and education counselling.

While we applaud any efforts by government to help ease the burden of being laid off, we question why a region such as Waterloo - whose white-hot tech space produces one startup per day - requires government intervention to deal with excessive unemployment. 

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre in Waterloo Region, supporting a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies. Communitech supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development – from startups to rapidly growing mid-sized companies and large global players. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Communitech... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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