Canadian Manufacturing

BlackBerry announces more layoffs

The job cuts will affect workers who make hardware, software and applications for its phones

TORONTO—BlackBerry says it’s laying off an unspecified number of employees across its global operations as it makes changes to the operations responsible for making its smartphones.

The Waterloo, Ont.-based company said the job cuts will affect people who made the hardware, software and applications for its phones, which include devices like the BlackBerry Bold, Classic and Passport.

BlackBerry refused to say how many jobs were being cut, but said it’s looking to reduce the size of its device operations and make it profitable again.

“As the company moves into its next stage of the turnaround, our intention is to re-allocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business,” the company said in an emailed statement.

BlackBerry had about 7,000 global employees as of September 2014. About half worked in Canada, with most of them in the Waterloo region.

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