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Olive Crane gives notice that she will ask the Minister responsible for Innovation the following questions:
Date Submitted : November 13, 2014
Can you provide an update to the public regarding Virgin Gaming’s expansion to Prince Edward Island; did this company create and hire the 35 new positions that were referred to in your press release in November of 2012? How much tax payer funds including wage subsidy went to the company? Is this company still using any of governments programs or services, if so which ones?
Date answered : January 07, 2015
Answer Available at : http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/leg_f14ans3_6_9.pdf
Virgin Gaming started in Prince Edward Island in November 2012 and hired 4 employees. All four employees were employed with the company until March 2014 until the company closed its operation in Prince Edward Island. Virgin Gaming still procures data centre services in the Atlantic Technology Centre through a PEl based company. The four employees in PEl were laid off with severance packages in lieu of notice.
The downsizing of Virgin Gaming in Prince Edward Island was a part of a larger company restructuring as the company reduced its labour force in Toronto by approximately 50 positions. The lay-off in PEl does not reflect the quality of work undertaken in this Province.
Innovation PEl provided a labour rebate of $42,263 over the time frame from November 2012 to October 2013. No other disbursements were made to the company.
At this time, Virgin Gaming is not utilizing Innovation PEl program support. Virgin Gaming is executing a new business plan and a Prince Edward Island operation is still under consideration.
A labour rebate agreement is still in effect with the company until June 2015; however, any additional funding will only be dispersed if new jobs are created and filled here in Prince Edward Island.