BlackBerry to shut down Ottawa product development centre

BlackBerry has laid off nearly 100 workers in Ottawa as part of employee reductions across the province.

Nearly 100 employees to be laid off in Ottawa region as part of broader cuts

BlackBerry has laid off nearly 100 workers in Ottawa as part of employee reductions across the province.

CBC News confirmed that in addition to the layoffs, the Ottawa Product Development Centre hardware group would be shut down.

Workers at the centre helped develop the Bold, BlackBerry 10 and Z-10 models of smartphones.

The company had issued a statement Monday confirming the layoffs of about 120 employees in the Waterloo, Ont., area.

The layoffs are part of a 40 per cent workforce reduction announced in September 2013, with the reduction period ending in May 2014, the company said in a statement.

BlackBerry's latest round of layoffs come before it was due to announce year-end and fourth quarter earnings for fiscal 2014 on March 28.

Earlier this year, BlackBerry put 2.2 million square feet of Canadian real estate holdings up for sale, with 78.3 per cent of those holdings in the Waterloo Region.