Telus to Invest $3 Billion, Hire 1,300 People in BC Over Next Three Years

Telus has announced plans to invest a whopping $3 billion in its BC operations over the next three years. The Vancouver-based telecommunications company has invested $26 billion in BC since 2000, building its wireless and wireline networks across the province.

While Telus will not be renaming the iconic BC Place stadium to “Telus Park,” it does sponsor the popular Science World on False Creek and is currently in the early stages of a massive downtown condo and office tower development called the Telus Garden. Already the province’s largest private sector employer, Telus will be hiring 1,300 people in BC over the next three years to support its investments.

Telus will use the money to extend its 4G LTE wireless network, reach 97% of BC with high-speed internet, finish the Telus Garden, enhance Optik TV, and build “one of the world’s greenest” data centres in Kamloops.

“The economic backbone of our province relies on investment and innovation,” said Darren Entwistle, Telus President and CEO. “Telus’ $3 billion investment over the next three years will support significant economic and community development in every region of British Columbia.

“We will continue to expand wireline broadband access to rural and remote communities and deliver the world’s fastest wireless technology to almost 90% of British Columbians by the end of this year. We are building the communications technology and infrastructure that will help B.C. companies compete on the world stage, create local employment opportunities, and advance healthcare and education across the province.

“As important as our infrastructure investments are to our success, our commitment to local communities is near and dear to our hearts. Telus believes deeply in the symbiotic relationship between the success of business and the welfare of our communities.

“We embrace a simple philosophy – we give where we live – and we take great pride in the social outcomes we are helping to realize. Outcomes such as contributing $1 million to help Jeneece Edroff build Jeneece Place, a home away from home for families on Vancouver Island who must travel to Victoria for their child’s medical care. We are also working closely with the David Foster Foundation to support B.C. families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants and to inspire Canadians to register as organ donors. 

“Since 2000, our TELUS family of 25,000 employees and retirees in B.C. has donated over $100 million dollars and, more importantly, volunteered 2.4 million hours, with our hearts and our hands, to community and charitable organisations here in our home province. Additionally, the TELUS team will contribute a further $10 million dollars to local, grassroots community projects in 2012.”