COLE BURSTON /The Canadian Press

Google and YouTube parent Alphabet Inc. GOOG-NE began laying off employees in Canada on Monday, more than two weeks after the California-based internet giant said it would chop 12,000 workers worldwide in a cost-cutting measure amid an economic downturn.

On Jan. 20, Alphabet and Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai announced 6 per cent of all staff would be cut in the coming days. While layoffs in the United States were effective immediately, hundreds of thousands of tech workers outside the U.S., including in Canada, had yet to be informed as of early February about whether their jobs would be affected.

On Monday, layoff notifications were sent to staff at Canadian offices, Google spokesperson Lauren Skelly said.

Read Story