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Purdue Pharma - 53 High-Skill Jobs Coming to Pickering

Purdue Pharma Canada will be hiring 53 people to work in research, development and advanced manufacturing with the expansion of its operations in Pickering.

Purdue intends to break ground on the $32 million expansion in January. The investment will double the company's R&D capacity in Ontario and create more than 100 jobs for skilled tradespeople during the construction phase.

College graduates will be hired for many of the positions in advanced manufacturing. Other positions, particularly those in R&D, will require advanced university degrees, including some PhDs.

The province is investing $4.9 million through its Biopharmaceutical Investment Program, part of the government's Next Generation of Jobs Fund. Overall, Ontario is investing $3-billion in its Innovation Agenda.


"This investment makes the most of the talent, creativity and hard work of our people. These high-value jobs will help us lead the world in the knowledge economy of the 21st century," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"The biopharmaceutical industry is a sector where Ontario can take on the world and win. Thanks to companies like Purdue, our province's science, technology and business graduates will continue to find work right here in Ontario, generating new products and services that will grow our economy," said Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson.

"Purdue is one of Durham's leading corporate citizens. Not only is it the fourth largest private-sector employer in Pickering, it has made important contributions to UOIT, the Ajax and Pickering Hospital and the United Way. We're glad to see them growing in our community," said Wayne Arthurs, MPP, Pickering-Scarborough East.


Ontario is home to one of the world's leading biopharmaceutical industries. The sector employs more than 20,000 Ontarians in high-value jobs, including researchers and scientists. Pharmaceutical companies are important contributors to research and innovation in Ontario, providing approximately $567 million in R&D spending in 2007. Since 1956, Purdue Pharma Canada has never undergone layoffs. Today, the company employs over 200 Ontarians and is Pickering's fourth-largest private-sector employer.

Background:Next Generation of Jobs Fund

The Next Generation of Jobs Fund is a five-year, $1.15 billion strategy to help innovative companies grow and create well-paying sustainable jobs for today's workforce and for the next generation of Ontario's highly skilled workers.

The world needs green products, efficient technologies, health cures and treatments. Ontario has strengths in these areas. We can create these jobs here and the Next Generation of Jobs Fund will help to do this.

Ontario’s Next Generation of Jobs Fund will fund companies that make everything from car parts to advanced health products to Academy Award-winning special effects technologies.

The fund is modeled after the government's successful Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy, which helped to leverage more than $7 billion in total new automotive investments and anchored thousands of jobs.

[Source: Ontario Ministry of Economic Development]

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