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BlackBerry to close Bedford, N.S., office and cut 350 jobs

10/10/2013 10:17 EDT | Updated 12/10/2013 05:12 EST
BlackBerry is shutting down its Bedford, N.S., office, affecting at least 350 workers as part of the beleaguered Ontario-based tech company's global layoffs.

BlackBerry says the office, which offers customer service, will close Jan. 10.

The Nova Scotia government announced it would give BlackBerry $10 million over five years to create a Centre of Excellence and guarantee at least 400 jobs in the province. It's not known exactly how much the company has received, but BlackBerry said Thursday it is paying back a $2-million contribution.

The company says 35 employees will be offered positions to work at home and remain with the company.

The Bedford location opened in Nov. 25, 2005. 

The struggling company, based in Waterloo, announced in September it is cutting 4,500 employees across its global operations.

The losses will affect 40 per cent of its staff, leaving about 7,000 employees.

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