Indigenous software-testing firm lands $2.6M: PLATO Testing established in the Sault in 2018.

The federal government is providing $2.6 million to Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization Inc. (PLATO) to support its Sault Ste. Marie facility.

Sault MP Terry Sheehan made the FedNor announcement on June 28.

PLATO trains Indigenous workers to test software before it goes to market. The Fredericton, N.B.-headquartered company set up shop in September, 2018.

The Sault office draws on workers from the Garden River and Batchewana First Nations, along with the local Metis community, and is expected to employ up to 60 people.

The focus of its Sault location is testing software related to lottery and gaming.

"I am grateful to the Government of Canada for this support, through FedNor, illustrating the importance Canada places on innovation and skills development to strengthen our economy," said Keith McIntosh, who founded PLATO Testing and its parent company PQA Testing, in a June 28 news...

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