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New tech jobs announced in the province

Ontario inks deal with Cisco for up to 1,700 new jobs

The province has announced a deal that will create up to 1,700 jobs in Ontario's tech sector over the next six years.

Cisco Systems will be investing $4 billion in a 10-year plan to expand research and development. The province will pump in up to $220 million.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the move makes history as the largest job creating investment seen in Ontario's tech sector.

This is a welcome piece of news for the province, after expected job losses in the closure of the Heinz plant in Leamington, the Kellogg's plant in London and Novartis in Mississauga.

Wynne says the investment is a vote of confidence in the talent Ontario workers have.

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  1. Keith Fraser posted on 12/13/2013 10:36 AM
    I'm sure the farmers, factory workers and the other that lost their jobs recently are thrille with the news.
  2. Ernie posted on 12/13/2013 10:36 AM
    "Wynne says the investment is a vote of confidence in the talent Ontario workers have."

    So does Wynne think that the Heinz factory workers and Kellogg's workers have the education and skills to work at Cisco Systems?

    We have no confidence that Wynne even knows what the skill sets of the taxpayers are in this province who are loosing jobs. The economy cannot only be about hi-tech . People in this province have a wide range of skill sets. Employment needs to match the entire skill set profile - .. not just some!
  3. AC posted on 12/13/2013 11:55 AM
    i think what we all need to do is stop playing our own brand of partisan politics at the expense of Canadians and their jobs. i for one either be left or right take no satisfaction.
    I listened to a food analyst professor speaking on the radio and he commented on that the Heinz plant was over 100 years old and the Kelloggs plant was 80 yrs. Heinz a few years back received provincial grants of millions when they were floundering.
    Food taste are changing and according to him the big corps decided not to throw money into old infrastructure and decided to move on.
    lets get off the political blame game
  4. Ernie posted on 12/13/2013 12:43 PM
    AC
    It is all political

    The US and Canadian governments are pushing free trade agreements with countries like China that do not have the same standard of living as Canada and the USA. In such an environment, there is no choice but to put a downward pressure an wages, and ultimately living standards.

    Companies needs to stay competitive but without government controls (like tariffs) all companies will do whatever it takes (including closing factories in high wage cost jurisdictions). I don't blame the factories. Its up to government to put tariff controls in place so all competitors have to play by the same rules..in this case creating Canadian and US jobs.

    Canada cannot do this alone. We are linked to the USA and Mexico in this regard. NAFTA worked for all of us and provided the right balance. Unrestricted trade with China - virtually duty free is what is really killing our jobs. Eventually being out f work means we no longer will be able to afford even the cheap things at Walmart.
  5. Mark7 posted on 12/13/2013 12:45 PM
    Typical Fiberal ploy to buy votes while grandstanding. It is NOT the Tech sector where people are hurting for jobs. As always the Lobranos are out of touch with reality.
    1. Monica posted on 12/13/2013 01:04 PM
      @Mark7 Are you sure tech isn't hurting at all? My boyfriend is an IT guy and has been looking for a job for 10 months now. Before his last contract he was looking for 2 years. I know other IT guys with the same story or they simply cannot find anything permanent and only are offered 6month or so contracts.
  6. SG posted on 12/13/2013 10:52 PM
    We must be getting close to full employment in the province by now. The Liberals promised the HST would create 600,000 new jobs. They promised their Green Energy plan would create another 50,000. Now, through their continued wise and competent management of the province, another 1,700 jobs will be available. It's jobs Nirvana out there people!
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