The City of Waterloo will host a job centre for laid-off Research In Motion employees at City Hall starting in mid-October should city councillors approve the plan. Local organization Communitech will use space in the hall for its Tech Jobs Connex Centre to assist RIM workers who have been laid off.
RIM’s headquarters are in Waterloo, where it once employed well over 10,000 people. But more than 3,000 workers in RIM’s Waterloo offices alone have lost their jobs in the past year as the company attempts to shave $1 billion in costs for 2012.
“RIM has employed some of the best and brightest people in the industry,” Mayor Brenda Halloran said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to get these people back to work so they can continue doing what they do best: creating, inventing and contributing to the local and global economy.”
“RIM is grateful for the support that is being offered by government and community partners to provide resources for affected employees,” the BlackBerry maker stated.
“There are almost 1,000 technology firms including over 400 technology startups in Waterloo Region who are looking for excellent candidates to join their teams,” Karen Gallant, Communitech’s senior director of talent networks, said. “Part of what we do is to connect talented professionals with these organizations.”