Halton Region joins Toronto Region bid for Amazon’s second headquarters

Halton Region joins Toronto Region bid for Amazon’s second headquarters

Release Date: Oct 20, 2017

Halton Region has partnered with the Toronto Region municipalities of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Durham Region and York Region to submit a joint bid for a second North American Amazon headquarters (known as Amazon HQ2) under Toronto Global - the foreign direct investment attraction agency for the Toronto Region.

“The Toronto Region Response to Amazon HQ2 demonstrates that the Toronto Region has the quantity and quality of talented people at a competitive cost that will allow Amazon to fulfill its strategic objectives,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Halton’s highly skilled labour force, access to leading educational institutions and strategically located employment lands bolsters the Toronto Region bid for Amazon’s second headquarters and for accommodating the future growth of Amazon’s various lines of business.” 

Three sites in Halton Region are among the preferred locations included in the Toronto Global bid – the Highway 401 Fronting Lands in Milton’s Derry Green Business Park, Trafalgar Road and Highway 407 in Oakville, and the Bronte Meadows employment area in Burlington. Halton Region already has a thriving technology industry cluster employing nearly 9,500 professionals, and is home to headquarters of major multinationals, including Siemens, Ford Canada, L3 Wescam, Evertz, Tim Horton’s and others.

Amazon HQ2 involves an investment of over U.S. $5 billion in construction and over 8 million sq. ft. by 2017 with as many as 50,000 skilled jobs – it will be equal to their current campus in Seattle. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

Halton Region is proud to have worked closely with our Halton local municipal partners, Toronto Region municipal partners and Toronto Global on assembling this proposal and introducing Amazon and the world to what the Toronto Region has to offer. For more information on investing in Halton or to view the Toronto Global bid, visit halton.ca/invest.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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Media Contact:
Stacey Hunter
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7529
stacey.hunter@halton.ca