Executive Council
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

August 30, 2018

New Call Centre to Create up to 500 Jobs in St. John’s

The Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada are teaming up to provide a $1.725 million investment to S&P Data, which will support the establishment of a 500 person in-bound contact centre in St. John’s. Over the next five years, it is expected that the S&P Data contact centre will generate up to $131 million in economic activity.

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador joined company officials to make the announcement today.

The total cost of the company’s expansion to St. John’s is close to $3 million. The Provincial Government is providing a $975,000 repayable loan to assist with start-up costs, as well as a $250,000 contribution to fund training activities. ACOA is providing a repayable investment of $500,000 through its Business Development Program for the project.

S&P Data has signed a five-year lease to operate at the Village Shopping Centre. The company has a tenured client base, including many of the largest telecommunications companies in North America.

With the St. John’s location scheduled to open in November 2018, the company is presently recruiting employees. For information on recruitment, visit spdatallc.talentnest.com/en/jobs/state/5. external link icon

Support for innovation, technology, and workforce development delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“This announcement means local jobs on the ground. Our ability to attract S&P Data to invest in Newfoundland and Labrador is just the latest result of my government’s commitment to working with businesses to create jobs and stimulate economic activity. Attracting S&P Data to invest in Newfoundland and Labrador demonstrates that we are working effectively with industry partners to create jobs and stimulate economic activity.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“The Government of Canada understands the benefits of making strategic investments which benefit Canadians and help reinforce the foundation for a stronger middle class and a growing economy. We are pleased to invest in S&P Data and its new St. John’s operation, which will create hundreds of jobs and economic benefits in this region.”
Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“This is a good day for St. John’s and an even greater day for Newfoundland and Labrador. This investment shows us not only how much the Federal Government believes in the people of our province, but how much private industry believe in our province as well. S&P Data’s expansion into St. John’s will put our province’s highly skilled and dedicated workforce onto the international stage.”
Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl

“In addition to the development of industry-specific strategies, the Cabinet Committee on Jobs continues to foster positive working relationships with the business community. S&P Data is a well-established company that has a proven track record of success in North America, and this announcement reflects our government’s goal to spur job growth and to capitalize on new and emerging opportunities.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“Today’s announcement reflects our government’s strong commitment to encouraging private sector job creation and economic growth. By collaborating with our federal colleagues and industry partners, Newfoundland and Labrador is better able to take advantage of every opportunity to build a brighter future right here at home.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

“We are excited to be operating in St. John’s, a market we view as having available and experienced quality labour that we will be looking to have join the S&P Data family. We have started the hiring process and all early indications is that this will be a very successful site for S&P Data and its clients. We are here to provide a very high level work experience for our employees and to make a difference in the community."
Brian Cato
President of S&P Data

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Media contacts
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca

Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595
ryancrocker@gov.nl.ca

Paul McGrath
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Brian Cato
S&P Data llc
416-915-3300 ext. 5706
brian.cato@spdatallc.com

2018 08 30                              1:45 p.m.