BlackBerry Shuts Down Ottawa Product Development Centre, 90 Jobs Lost

Less than a week after laying off 120 employees in Waterloo, BlackBerry has shut down its Ottawa Product Development Centre hardware group at a cost of nearly 100 more jobs.

“BlackBerry is working hard to return to profitability and we continue to optimize our resources to meet our mandatory operational targets,” the company said in a statement.

Up to 2,000 cuts are still expected this year—most of which will occur in Canada—in a dramatic cost-cutting move that will reduce BlackBerry’s workforce down to roughly 7,000, barely a third of what it once was as the company’s peak in 2008. The layoffs are expected to be complete by the end of May.