Huawei invests additional $210 million in Ontario, more jobs coming to Ottawa

Huawei is expanding its research and development and business operations in Ontario, announcing over the weekend an additional $210 million in investments that it says will create 325 new jobs in Ottawa and throughout the province over the next five years.

Huawei Canada president Sean Yang said the company’s research centre in Kanata has “established itself as one of the global leaders in advanced communications technologies.”

“The success of this facility has reinforced to Huawei the value of Ontario’s talented workforce, and network of universities in Ontario and across Canada, that can support innovative research,” Mr. Yang said in a statement.

While the breakdown of jobs and where they will go has not been revealed, it is believed about 250 will go to research and development, with another 75 openings in sales, marketing and support positions.

The announcement, made at the end of a trade delegation by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and two other premiers, bring’s the ICT solutions provider’s total investment in the province to $500 million over the next five years.

“I am pleased that Huawei is expanding its operations in Ontario,” Ms. Wynne said in a statement. “This investment will create a significant number of jobs and reinforces Ontario’s position as a global leader in ICT and telecommunications.”

Huawei opened its first Canadian office in 2008 and now employs 550 people in the country, 250 of them in the Kanata location on Terry Fox Drive.

Ms. Wynne said the weeklong trade mission netted almost $1 billion total in investments in the province.

Ms. Wynne's office says the trade journey to the Asian economic powerhouse will add 1,800 jobs in Ontario.

Along for the ride were about 60 Ontario firms, including companies focused on companies focused on science and technology and energy efficiency.

Ms. Wynne met with government and business leaders in Nanjing and Shanghai, along with state and municipal politicians.

She also joined the premiers of Prince Edward Island and Quebec for a summit meeting in Beijing with Chinese government officials.

-with files from the Canadian Press