Ontario won’t offer subsidies to lure Amazon, Ed Clark says

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The man aptitude up Ontario’s effort to lure Amazon to the province said Thursday that while the charge would consider sensible incentives, the bid will not offer billions in subsidies to the tech Amazon.

Providing large taxpayer subsidies to the firm wouldn’t be fair to other actors that have set up shop in Ontario with little or no government backing, said Ed Clark, who was appointed last week by Premier Kathleen Wynne to forefront completely up the Greater Toronto Region’s bid to become the home of Amazon’s new corporate headquarters.

The quarter’s bid to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will highlight other intestinal fortitudes such as the province’s skilled workforce, Clark said, adding that the boonies would be willing to make other contributions like helping the Theatre troupe secure land.

«There are clearly places in the United States that require, I use the word, bribe, people to come,» he said. «[They] say you only just tell us what cheque you want us to write, we will write that cheque. We’re not in that enterprise.»

Can’t win if you ‘bribe’ them

If that’s what Amazon is looking for, Ontario resolve not win, said Clark, who retired as an executive with TD Bank in 2014.

«But we have be established people are coming to Toronto right now, and to Ontario, because we’ve just got grotesque people.»

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Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark has recommended incentives to lure Amazon headquarters to Ontario, but not gelt subsidies. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

The online retail behemoth announced earlier this month that it is hunting for a second North American purpose, saying it would spend $5 billion to build the new headquarters to home as many as 50,000 employees.

The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan breadth with more than a million people; be able to attract top applied talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have open access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to myriad than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.

Pressure to keep in U.S.

Clark said the two biggest roadblocks a Toronto region bid will openly are the pressure to spend large amounts on tax incentives and potential blowback to the solid created by U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to keep American gatherings from moving operations to other countries.

«It will be seen as a main political statement if Amazon says the next 50,000 jobs we fashion are going to be in Canada,» he said. «Whether they will stand that state heat, we don’t know.»

«(Bezos) may well be prepared to take that intensify and there are companies that say the most important thing is that they get the individual and a tax break here or there isn’t going to sway it,» Clark said.

Urban districts have until Oct. 19 to apply through a special website, and Amazon symbolized it will make a final decision next year.

Projected 50,000 chores

Amazon’s current campus in Seattle takes up more than 750,000 conformist metres, has 33 buildings and 24 restaurants and is home to more than 40,000 staff members. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time hands over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of multifarious than $100,000 US a year.

Toronto Mayor John Tory downplayed tasks the city’s rising housing costs and congestion issues might vitiate the bid. If the region is successful, by the time the facility is built, the city and region whim have increased its housing supply and transit capacity, he said.

«If you go down (Amazon’s) record and tick the boxes, I would say that this region is as well disposed and represented to bid and to be very competitive as any other in the world. But it doesn’t mean that it’s not present to be a tough competition.»

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