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Nortel: How many Canadian employees?

I have a story about Nortel’s ( TSX:NT) downward spiral into bankruptcy protection in the next issue of Canadian Business, on newsstands this Thursday, Mar. 12. In it I report that Nortel has about 5800 employees in Canada, 4,000 of whom work in Ottawa at its Carling facility, and that there’s an executive office in Toronto, with three specialty R&D centres in Montreal, Calgary and Belleville, Ont.
I found out this morningafter the story went to press on Fridaythat those numbers are close, but not absolutely accurate. In fact, employment in Canada is lower.
From an overdue e-mail from Nortel spokesperson Mohammed Nakhooda this morning:

“…these are the latest numbers I have for you 5639 (Canada) 3844 (Ottawa) 8882 (US)
14521 (North America) – total
Presence in Toronto (HQ); Belleville, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver and Winnipeg.”

I’m assuming that the “presence” in places like Edmonton, Halifax, Regina, Vancouver and Winnipeg are minimally staffed sales-support offices.
Also, those numbers will decline. The full effect of the 5000 layoffs announced in recent weeks is still rolling through the company.