Bell Canada cuts 471 Ontario jobs

Bell Canada is cutting 471 jobs in Ontario as it implements previously announced plans to restructure its operations.

Bell Canada is cutting 471 jobs in Ontario as it implements previously announced plans to restructure its operations.

The Montreal-based utility said Thursday it would cut 256 jobs immediately at its call centre in Kingston, and another 215 jobs in Hamilton by the end of the month.

That leaves 70 people still employed in Kingston and another 650 in Hamilton.

The cuts include union, non-union and management jobs, said Bell Canada spokesman Paolo Pasquini.

Bell Canada has 46,500 employees.

The company is offering its laid-off workers a number of severance options, including transfers in some cases to other Bell operations, he said.

Bell parent BCE Inc. announced Feb. 1 that it planned to cut 3,000 to 4,000 positions this year in addition to the 5,000 jobs that were cut in 2005.

BCE stock (TSX:BCE)closed Thursday at $27.30, up five cents on the day.