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Toronto is the only Canadian city still in the running to host Amazon multibillion dollar second headquarters.
The e commerce giant released Thursday its short list of 20 candidates for the facility out of 238 cities that applied last year which is expected to house up to 50,000 employees.
Bids poured in from Canadian cities from coast to coast as both major urban centres like Montreal and Halifax vied with smaller dark horse competitors such as Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
In the end, however, Toronto was the only Canadian city to make the short list, where it stands alongside American metropolises such as Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
from 238 to 20 was very tough, Amazon said in a tweet announcing the short list. the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. Mayor John Tory celebrated the news that the city and surrounding municipalities were in contention.
year, I said I would put the Toronto Region up against any city in North America as the place for ambitious, forward looking companies looking for a home, he said in a statement touting Toronto talent, quality of life and vibrancy. glad that Amazon agrees that Toronto is worth considering.
The company wish list included proximity to a metropolitan area with more than a million people; ability to attract top technical talent, a location 45 minutes from an international airport, direct access to mass transit, and the capacity to expand the headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres over the next decade.
Toronto also touted diversity as one of its strengths alongside its lower business costs relative to similarly sized American competitors, expanding infrastructure and low crime rates. President Donald Trump and his administrations anti immigration policies.
build doors, not walls, reads the cover letter from the group co ordinating the bid from Toronto and several surrounding municipalities. doors open to highly skilled economic immigrants and international students who can easily become permanent residents and citizens. University Murtaza Haider says there are some major issues the city should consider before inviting the commerce giant into the GTA, especially the strain it would place on the city resources and the effect it would have on the housing market. Watch below.
Ontario Economic Development Minister Steven Del Duca said Toronto placement on the Amazon short list is news for the entire province.
think it a very clear indication that it a jurisdiction that attracting top talent and top talent (is) being trained in this area. if economic incentives were back on the table to land Amazon, Del Duca said the province will continue to push its skilled work force as the top selling point.
focus of our efforts has been talking about the kind of talent that we have at the table, he said. know that from the very beginning we stressed that that the focus of what makes Ontario and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area particularly appealing for organizations and companies like Amazon. I believe that what we continue to stress. Amazon would save $1.5B a year in salaries if new HQ in GTA: Wynne adviser
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The effort to bring the new headquarters to Canada was spearheaded by none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who penned a letter to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the bids were flooding in.
The letter, which did not single out any particular city, outlined commercial, cultural and social reasons why Amazon should call Canada home to the new offices, dubbed HQ2.
cities are progressive, confident, and natural homes for forward thinking global leaders, Trudeau wrote in his letter. are consistently ranked as the best places to live, work and play in the world. business advantages include costs among the lowest in the G7, universal health care that lowers the cost to employers, stable banking systems, and a deep pool of highly educated prospective workers from both at home and abroad, according to Trudeau.
The letter also touched on increased government investment in skills development, culturally diverse, walkable cities and streamlined immigration processes.