IBM Canada, with support from the New Brunswick provincial government, is creating a client innovation centre in Fredericton with up to 250 full-time jobs.
The jobs will include application developers, technical testers, business analysts, customer experience workers, design consultants, and workers in digital transformation.
Opportunities NB is investing up to $4.8 million to help IBM create the jobs. The Crown corporation estimates the centre will increase the province’s GDP by more than $72 million over five years.
“New Brunswick is attracting investment from global companies like IBM to expand their operations and this is fostering growth in our province,” said Arlene Dunn, minister responsible for Opportunities NB.
“Many of the world’s most successful companies have discovered our province because of our winning combination of people, diversity, agility, infrastructure and innovation. Through investments like this one, we are building upon New Brunswick’s reputation as an IT hub.”
IBM serves clients in more than 170 countries and has a global network of client innovation centres, including in Halifax, Montreal, and Calgary. Dunn said these centres often become hubs for innovation and community engagement and can lead to further investments in local communities.
“Canadian businesses are adopting technologies today including hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence at an accelerated rate, and to deliver successful business transformation it is critical these businesses have the right skill set and talent in place,” said Dave McCann, president of IBM Canada.
“We are committed to supporting this growing need by expanding our network of client innovation centres across Canada. The IBM centre in New Brunswick will further support the province’s focus on fostering local tech talent, creating jobs, and improving workforce skills training.”
Hiring will begin in January. Information on job opportunities will be available on the company’s website.