Minister Fast Welcomes Ericsson’s Canadian Expansion

Facilitating job-creating investment is key part of Harper government’s focus on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity

September 26, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today extended his congratulations to Ericsson Canada on the grand opening of its expanded research and development centre in Ottawa. Ericsson chose this state-of-the-art facility to serve as its primary wireless access R&D centre in North America. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans, was also in attendance for the grand opening, which coincides with Ericsson’s 60th anniversary in Canada.

“Our government understands that attracting and retaining job-creating foreign direct investment, creates jobs and prosperity across the country,” said Minister Fast. “That’s why we are pleased that our talented and skilled labour force, attractive investment climate and low taxes and business costs led Ericsson to choose Canada as the best place in the world to expand its operations.”

As one of the top wireless telecom companies in Canada, Ericsson invested more than $325 million in Canadian R&D in 2012. Ericsson also works closely with more than 15 of the country’s top universities and colleges to bolster their research capacity.

“As Ericsson celebrates 60 years in Canada, we are thrilled to officially open our R&D centre in Ottawa,” said Hans Vestberg, Ericsson President and CEO. “With three R&D sites in Canada, we are committed to driving innovation forward in this country.“

Ericsson has over 3,100 employees and operates in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

To learn more about Canada’s world-leading investment advantages, please visit Invest in Canada.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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