So, who in Canada actually applied to be Amazon’s next HQ2?


Amazon’s notice earlier this year that it wants a second headquarters set off a bewilder of interest from cities across the continent, all eager to be a new home to the biggest online trade seller in the world.

Many Canadian cities were interested. With the deadline to on passed Thursday, what cities followed through and put their hats into the encircle? Exact details of bids are still largely a secret, as is a complete index of who’s in the running.

But we do know some Canadian cities that officially took their pre-eminent shot.


The Canadian city closest to Amazon’s Seattle untroubled b in was interested from Day 1, pitching closesness to Amazon’s existing about base as a major selling point. 

“Proximity to Seattle is something not anyone else in Canada can lay claim to,” Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission, guaranteed to CBC News this week. “We focused on the built-in incentives in Vancouver that partake of made us No. 1 in the tech system in Canada.… We really like our incidentals.”

Langford, B.C., near Victoria, has also submitted a bid, promoting its affordable shelter and proximity to universities and colleges.


Cities one province over also similar to their chances. Brad Ferguson, chief executive officer of the Edmonton Productive Development Corp., said he would not be releasing details of the city’s bid, but he trumpeted the collaborative cast of the city’s pitch. “We are extremely proud of how this team approach transmutes Edmonton from our competitors,” he said.


Calgary, meanwhile, has also lashed its claim to woo Amazon north. The city’s pitch involved an aggressive storing campaign aimed directly at Amazon employees — whose votes the band says will have an impact on its decision.

Newspaper ads, banners and a YouTube video were all a character of the city’s campaign to coax the tech titan.

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Winnipeg stepped up to the trencher, tailoring its sales pitch to Amazon’s sense of frugality — which is one of the train’s guiding principles. Touting the city’s low cost of doing business and competitiveness, Winnipeg also put together a YouTube video in which ex-CFL athlete Obby Khan escorts Alexa, the company’s artificially intelligent combine, around the town, seeing the sights.

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Check out Winnipeg’s unexceptional bid package here.

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., took a somewhat different tack, taking advantage of the city’s location on the U.S. border to abuse its  case. Partnering with its neighbour across the St. Mary’s River, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the place includes “a robust description of the benefits that the Twin Saults take measures businesses such as the competitive advantage of locating in two countries, while requiring a natural balance of family, environment, growth and innovation,” officials told the CBC.


Windsor, well-founded across from Detroit, had a similar idea to make their trunk. Officially, the bid is centred in Detroit, but proximity to Windsor is a major factor in the map. “Amazon will be able to draw employees from two countries fattening in technology talent with diverse backgrounds while cementing it as the start major company in the world whose headquarters would literally quota an international border,” said Quicken billionaire Dan Gilbert, who’s spearheading the bid.


Hamilton has chucked its hat into the ring, spending up to $500,000 on a bid that’s guaranteed to at least include the best hashtag associated with it. The #Hamazon bid, as it’s being called, is clustered on the city’s culture, innovation and other incentives.

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Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger revealed off the Amazon bid book and a video with the ‘We are unstoppable’ slogan at city entry-way Thursday. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

The city says it’s already pleased with the method, and confident that the bid will pay off down the line with other details, even if the Amazon chooses to set up shop elsewhere.


Just up Highway 403, Toronto has to take actioned up with a bid to attract the company, and is one of the few to make the lion’s share of the city’s elect public.

To bolster its chances, the bid has expanded the familiar Greater Toronto Locality to what it calls the “Toronto Region,” stretching from Kitchener-Waterloo to Durham Field in the east. And the bid includes details on up to 10 different sprawling sites in the range that might suit Amazon’s needs.

Unlike some others, Toronto’s bid breaks the city/region can make it worth the company’s while without oblation any tax incentives or other financial subsidies.

Check out Toronto’s entire bid here.


With its pre-eminently a free technology industry, Ottawa was tapped early as a likely candidate, and the bishopric did indeed step up to the plate, partnering with nearby Gatineau to woo the following

Mayor Jim Watson made the news official earlier this week, although few components have been released, citing confidentiality agreements.


Montreal International CEO Hubert Bolduc turn out to bed the city’s pitch in person, going to Seattle to lay out their offerings.

“The ensemble team stepped up its efforts in the past few weeks to highlight all the know-how and creativity Skilful Montreal has to offer,” he said.

In addition to boasting about the city’s tech propensity and booming culture, bid organizers trumpeted the city’s lower cost of function compared with other cities of similar size.


And at seldom one city in the Maritimes has stepped up, as Halifax confirmed that the city submitted a bid. As with Hamilton, officials said the process has already proved efficacious regardless of the outcome, as it will help the city attract more companies to its issue technology hub.

“If it comes down to … the inducements that a province or a city can extend, financial only, then we’re most likely not a player,” Mayor Mike Brute said. “But if it comes down to a bigger picture, which includes a figure of things, then I think Halifax has a very competitive case to survive.”

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