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

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

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. 

Company:
BlackBerry
Website:
http://www.blackberry.com
Location:
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 did we introduce a... more

Company:
Communitech
Website:
http://www.communitech.ca
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Communitech is located in Waterloo Region, 110 kilometres (66 miles) west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in an area that includes the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies supporting and building a Southwestern Ontario tech cluster of close to 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30B in revenue. A member of the Ontario Network... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. 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 playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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