SNC-Lavalin signs $500-million IT outsourcing deal with CGI Group

MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin has signed a $500-million information technology outsourcing deal with CGI Group.

The 12-year agreement will see the engineering and construction company outsource most of its technology management and application needs and take advantage of CGI’s global scale and experience.

SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) will retain responsibility for IT strategy and cybersecurity was well as the development of applications linked to its core business.

Under the deal, 400 IT employees working for SNC in more than 25 countries will join Montreal-based CGI (TSX:GIB.A). They include 250 in Canada, including 196 in Quebec.

SNC-Lavalin, which moved last year to cut $100 million in expenses, partially through layoffs, said the agreement will reduce IT operating costs by an average of 20 per cent annually.