Wave of layoffs at Google Canada

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Wave of updates walk to Google Canada

Google Canada has not disclosed how many its employees will be laid off in Canada.

The ax has finally fallen at Google Canada, more than two weeks after the web giant announced that it would cut 12,000 jobs at around the world.

Employees of the company announced on social networks that they had lost their jobs. Others spoke up to offer their support to laid off colleagues or to announce that they were keeping their jobs.

Employees spoke about ;a dark day for Google Canada.

Google confirms that employees affected by the layoffs received the announcement on Monday.

The company would not provide further details on the number of employees affected. Google says Canada remains an important priority market for Google, a company spokesperson said.

In January, Google announced that it would cut 12,000 jobs worldwide. The California headquarters announcement had created anxiety in the company's offices in Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener and Edmonton. In a memo, the multinational had pointed out that announcing the layoffs would take longer in the company's international offices.

The The wait has been a tremendous loss and source of sadness for Franco Amalfi, Strategic Director of Global Public Sector Sustainability at Google Cloud in Montreal.

I'm part of an amazing team led by one of the best managers, now I don't know if I have a role at Google in the future, he wrote on LinkedIn.

Ahead of Monday's announcement, employees learned that Alphabet, the parent company of Google, was closing its research center on Google. artificial intelligence from DeepMind Technologies in Edmonton. Alphabet bought British company DeepMind in 2014.

The announcement comes amid a cooling tech job market.

Other web giants like Amazon and Facebook have recently announced a wave of layoffs. Canadian companies such as Lightspeed and Shopify have also cut jobs in recent months.

In November, Google Canada unveiled its new offices in Montreal with great fanfare. The offices had been designed to accommodate a larger number of employees, up to 1,000 people, while the California company employed more than 300 people in the metropolis, before Monday's announcement . It was not possible to know the number of people who lost their jobs in Montreal.

The expertise of Google's Montreal team is mainly on the side of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. A significant part of the cybersecurity measures surrounding the Chrome browser are developed in Montreal.