In September 2017 Amazon made an announcement that the Seattle-based company had plans to build a second headquarters in one of the largest North American cities that would replicate the company’s current location.
Global News reports that last September Amazon was ready to invest nearly $5 billion in the project, and potentially hire 50,000 people to fill high-paying jobs. The company also commented that average salaries would exceed $100,000 US. So it’s no surprise many North American cities expressed their interest in hosting the company’s new office and Toronto was no exception.
“I will be leading the charge to make the case that Amazon should call Toronto home” – John Tory
Toronto Mayor John Tory commented that he would be “leading the charge” to convince Amazon that its new location should be in Toronto. “City staff are working with Toronto Global to make sure we put together an attractive bid for this opportunity. I will be leading the charge to make the case that Amazon should call Toronto home,” said Tory in an interview. “Toronto has everything they’re looking for.”
Among the requirements presented by the e-commerce giant were a prime location, access to mass transit and proximity to an international airport. And, considering Amazon’s plans to grow its new site to as much as 8 million square feet in the future, the perfect location must also have room to grow.
According to Global News, Amazon received proposals from 238 cities and have narrowed it down to 20.
We can be rightly proud of Toronto as it’s outpacing some of the major North American cities participating in the race. The list of the participants also includes Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Vancouver.
Amazon will make the final decision sometime this year.
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