Sault Ste. Marie's Innovation Centre may approach the city for help in paying a $325,000 consultant's bill from EDS Canada. The telecommunications and business incubator needs help paying off a $730,000 contract to EDS after partnering with them to create new business opportunities and other joint projects. Two years ago the city gave the centre $1 million in startup funding. EDS assisted in developing the centre's business plan and find opportunities for geographic information systems and health-care components. Though city officials are encouraged by the centre's progress in positioning the city for growth, money is tight and government funding agencies may be approached. EDS expects to open a new call centre in January, employing about 275 people.