Research In Motion is laying off nearly one quarter of its staff in Halifax.
Nova Scotia's economic development minister, Percy Paris, learned early today that RIM is laying off almost 100 employees. About 400 work at the company's Halifax location.
Percy maintains optimism that the cuts are temporary, but that hope is slim: RIM aims to cut $1 billion in costs this year as it tries to get back on track in 2013 with the launch of BB10. Meanwhile, Percy says that the government will "do what it can" to provide support for the suddenly laid off workers, something Waterloo is also doing after RIM cut 3,000 jobs.
A spokesperson for RIM told the Canadian Press that these cuts are part of the previously announced global slashing of 5,000 jobs in 2012. Unfortunately, that doesn't console the 95 people who just lost their jobs.