Canadian tech company BlackBerry (BlackBerry Stock Quote, Chart, News, Analysts, Financials TSX:BB) has announced a new multi-year agreement with the federal government, one which will see the cybersecurity and software company supply endpoint management and communications security to government departments. Shared Services Canada, which delivers digital and IT services to federal organizations will be using BlackBerry\u2019s unified endpoint management and cyber threat prevention system Spark along with its SecuSUITE platform for mobile device communications. A staple for government employees for decades, the iconic BlackBerry handset may not be the go-to choice anymore for public servants \u2014 BlackBerry stopped making handsets in 2016 and has since given over development and production to other companies \u2014 but the company has maintained a role in the Government of Canada\u2019s enterprise mobility management and security throughout the rise and fall of the BlackBerry phone. \u201cBlackBerry and the Government of Canada have been trusted partners for over thirty years,\u201d said BlackBerry CEO John Chen in a press release on Monday. \u201cWe are delighted to expand our contributions to the Government of Canada's agenda and deliver digital services that better serve Canadians. Shared Services Canada plays a critical role in Canada's digital transformation strategy and we are very pleased to be their partner.\u201d BlackBerry has been the beneficiary of government support on its IoT tech side of the business, as well, with the federal Strategic Innovation Fund giving $40 million in 2019 to BlackBerry\u2019s QNX connect car platform. The feds have also given BlackBerry the nod on cybersecurity, saying in a 2019 report on the government\u2019s Digital Charter on citizens\u2019 personal information that BlackBerry \u201chas earned its reputation as an industry leader in security and privacy,\u201d as quoted by Navdeep Bains, former Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. BlackBerry has had an interesting start to 2020, to say the least, with the company\u2019s stock getting momentarily tangled up in the social media-fuelled investor push against short-sellers on stocks like GameStop (NYSE:GME), AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) and, for a Canadian angle, BlackBerry. The stock had already been on a rise in December and January on news of a collaboration with Amazon AWS when retail investors started buying up the stock, sending BB from $10 to as high as $31. The euphoria was short-lived, however. BlackBerry dropped back to about $15 relatively quickly and has moved downward over ensuing weeks. BB wasn\u2019t helped by underwhelming quarterly numbers, with the latest instalment coming at the end of March where BlackBerry reported fiscal fourth quarter revenue of $210 million, down from $282 million a year earlier. Hampered in its QNX business by the pandemic\u2019s blow to the auto sector, BlackBerry has had a trying time over the past year. For the company\u2019s fiscal 2021 (ended February 28), BlackBerry had revenue of $893 million compared to $1,040 million for its fiscal 2020. The bottom line result was a loss of $1.97 per diluted share for fiscal 2021 compared to a loss of $0.32 per share a year earlier. Reflecting on the year that was, Chen said that the last four quarters were \u201can exceptional year to navigate,\u201d but said QNX should return to normal revenue levels by mid-fiscal 2022. \u201cWe are seeing tangible signs that our efforts and improvements in go-to-market are starting to pay off and have a positive impact,\u201d said Chen in the Q4 press release. \u201cThis quarter we generated strong sequential billings growth for our Software and Services business, including significant improvements for both Spark and QNX. Total billings are back to pre-pandemic levels.\u201d BlackBerry\u2019s share price over the past 12 months has returned 102 per cent, while year-to-date the stock is up 35 per cent. Last year brought rumblings of a new BlackBerry handset to be released in 2021 by OnwardMobiilty and FIH Mobile, who had taken up the mantle once China\u2019s TCL Communication let its contract expire last year. TCL had been making Android phones under the BlackBerry name for four years before OnwardMobility came on board last summer with plans to make a 5G BB phone with the ever present QWERTY keyboard, although there has been no news in recent months. As an update on its QNX business, BlackBerry last week announced that Volvo had selected QNX as the software of choice for its engine control unit (ECU) in over 300,000 heavy vehicles manufactured by Volvo Group. \u201cTo realize its vision for the electronic architecture of future generations of vehicles, Volvo Group wanted to take a new approach to software,\u201d said BlackBerry in a press release. \u201cIt wanted to find a single supplier for the operating system (OS) and hypervisor to meet the needs of the \u2018whole truck\u2019, capable of supporting safety certification to the highest levels.\u201d BlackBerry said QNX is now the operating system in more than 68 per cent of the electric vehicle market by volume, is incorporated by 23 of the top 25 EV manufacturers and is currently running in more than 175 million vehicles worldwide.