Province secures 400 BlackBerry jobs

Provincial government to invest $10M over five years

Premier Darrell Dexter announced today that the province will invest $2 million in Blackberry over five years. In return, BlackBerry will “employ at least 400 people annually with an average salary of at least $60,000.”

Dexter said the partnership is about making investments in the future.

“Today is about ensuring that along with great companies like Blackberry we continue to grow an important sector here,” said Dexter.

He said that in order for smaller companies to survive, they need bigger ones around like the company, formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd.

“Little community based companies that exist up and down this road, their success depends on the success of big companies,” said Dexter.

Premier Darrell Dexter shakes Andrew MacLeod, Blackberry managing director for Canada's, hand (Photo Violet MacLeod)
Premier Darrell Dexter shakes hands with Andrew MacLeod, BlackBerry managing director for Canada. (Photo: Violet MacLeod)

Transition

BlackBerry has had what Andrew MacLeod, Blackberry managing director for Canada, called “a year of transition,” which, was difficult at times. He said the investment will help build a strong foundation for the future.

“We believe that the investment made today by them[the provincial government] will ensure that we will have a healthy, strong and talented workforce of high-tech employees here in the greater Halifax region and Nova Scotia as a whole.”

A Feb. 7 news release said the government will also earn more than $9 million “in estimated direct tax revenue generated by BlackBerry’s $120-million payroll.”

A new BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10 was launched on Feb. 5. In a news release, president and CEO of BlackBerry Thorsten Heins said, “In Canada, yesterday was the best day ever for the first day of a launch of a new BlackBerry smartphone.  In fact, it was more than 50 per cent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada.”

Keeping young people here

Dexter said he is doing what he promised in 2006, “to make investments to keep young people” in Nova Scotia and a partnership like this can help keep them here.

“I don’t want to see young people like this going to other parts of Canada or perhaps other parts of North America to work,” he said.

 

 

 
 

One thought on “Province secures 400 BlackBerry jobs

  1. Great work getting this out! Would love to see some history on BB in Nova Scotia though – they fired a bunch of people a while go didn’t they? What’s the history of technology investment in the province? (Though maybe that’s not in the scope of Unews?)

    Regardless – glad to see this kind of news coming from students! Keep it up!

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