BlackBerry cutting staff in Ontario and Florida

TORONTO -- BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) is laying off 75 employees in Florida and downsizing its staff in Canada.

The company said in a statement that "a small number of employees have been impacted" in Waterloo, Ont.

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, and Sunrise, Fla.

BlackBerry would not specify how many employees in each office would be losing their jobs.

However, according to a worker adjustment and retraining notification notice from the company posted on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's website the company plans to lay off 75 employees at its Sunrise office.

Those layoffs began Thursday and will continue until Feb. 26, according to the notice.

BlackBerry has slashed thousands of jobs from its workforce in recent years in an effort to cut costs.

"As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce," BlackBerry said in a statement.

"This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities, while driving toward sustainable profitability across all platforms of our business."

Despite the cutbacks, the company said it is "actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth."



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