Another high tech company to create new jobs is Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc, a Kitchener-based visual technologies company.

A minimum of 50 new jobs will be created to ensure a total workforce of  more than 570 people in the Waterloo Region as Ontario is providing a $20.8 million grant to support Christie’s $138 million investment in developing advanced laser technologies and modernizing its manufacturing facility.

Christie is well known for its digital projection technology since it provides a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government.

Then it is not surprising that more than 90 per cent of digital cinema theatres in Canada use Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc.‘s projectors.

You may have experienced the amazing technology of Christie’s projection systems used to display images for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations, to screen digital titles at the Toronto International Film Festival, and at numerous other major events and prominent world-class facilities.

Here are the key components of Christie’s business of providing the world’s leading digital projection and display technologies:

  • Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., a global visual technologies company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., a publicly-traded Japanese company.
  • More than 95 per cent of Christie’s products manufactured in Kitchener are destined for export markets, with two-thirds going to the U.S. market.
  • In 2009, Ontario’s Information and Communications Technology sector generated approximately $26.7 billion in economic activity.

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Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. Creates 50 New Jobs

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Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

Leading-Edge Technology Company Creating 50 Good Jobs

April 28, 2011

McGuinty Government Supports Christie As They Turn The Corner

Ontario is helping Christie, a Kitchener-based visual technologies company, to develop advanced laser technologies and modernize its manufacturing facility. This will create a minimum of 50 new jobs and retain 53 existing jobs in Waterloo Region, and will employ a total of more than 570 people.

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. is conducting innovative research and moving into the next generation of digital projection technology. More than 90 per cent of digital cinema theatres in Canada use Christie projectors . The company’s projection systems were used during Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations, to screen digital titles at the Toronto International Film Festival, and at numerous other major events and prominent world-class facilities.

Partnering with local business is a key component of the Open Ontario plan and of 2011 Ontario Budget – Turning the Corner, to create and support 10,000 new and existing jobs for Ontario families and strengthen local economies.

QUOTES

“Ontario has earned a global reputation for cutting-edge innovation and technological leadership. Christie will be able to develop new products and expand into new markets, creating good jobs here in the Waterloo region as the economy continues to turn the corner.”

– Sandra Pupatello
Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“Christie’s commitment to excellence has made them a global leader in digital projection. This project will help Christie stay at the forefront of its field, creating good, knowledge-based jobs for our community and contributing to this growing sector in Ontario.”

– John Milloy
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and MPP for Kitchener Centre

“The Kitchener-Waterloo region is home to Christie and other world-recognized ICT leaders. Our skilled people in the Kitchener and Waterloo region, renowned post-secondary institutions and competitive business environment continue to attract investment and create good jobs right here in our community.”

Leeanna Pendergast
MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

“This Ontario government investment will fund cutting-edge research and development, help diversify our product line, and strengthen our leadership position within the highly competitive Information and Communications Technology sector.”

– Gerry Remers
President & COO of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is providing a $20.8 million grant to support the company’s $138 million investment in the project.
  • Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., a global visual technologies company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc ., a publicly-traded Japanese company.
  • More than 95 per cent of Christie’s products manufactured in Kitchener are destined for export markets, with two-thirds going to the U.S. market.
  • In 2009, Ontario’s Information and Communications Technology sector generated approximately $26.7 billion in economic activity.
  • So far, Ontario has recovered 93 per cent of the jobs lost in the recession.
  • For the second year in a row, Ontario was named one of the top destinations for foreign direct investment in North America, coming in second after California. The province garnered an additional 21 per cent in new projects in 2010, for a total of 127.
  • As a result of the tax changes implemented in Ontario, taxes on business investment were cut in half, making Ontario more competitive and encouraging business growth.

CONTACT

Leigh-Ann Popek
Minister’s Office
416-325-0362
Leigh-Ann.Popek@ontario.ca

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
ontario.ca/economy

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