Montreal has officially put in a bid to become home to Amazon’s second North American headquarters (HQ2).
Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO of Montréal International, personally delivered the bid to Amazon headquarters in Seattle on Thursday.
Amazon is promising the winning city 50,000 jobs and a $5-billion US investment. The company put out a call for bids in early September.
The whole team stepped up its efforts in the past few weeks to highlight all the know-how and creativity Greater Montréal has to offer. The city is one of the most tech-forward in the world and that is attractive to Amazon, one of the most innovative companies in the 21st century,” said Bolduc in a release.
The Montreal bid highlights the following aspects of the city:
- A deep and growing pool of relevant talent fueled by a world-class education system
- Montreal as Canada’s tech hub – the city has the highest concentration of tech sector jobs anywhere in the country
- Montreal’s economic and political stability, including an open and efficient immigration system
- A 20% to 25% cost advantage compared to similar cities
- A high purchasing power and exceptional quality of life
However, Montreal isn’t the only Canadian city to submit a bid. There is some stiff competition as Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto are also vying to host HQ2.
Amazon will announce the winning city next year.