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Microsoft Announces New Canadian Headquarters in Downtown Toronto

Facility part of a series of investments by Microsoft in Canada over the next four years

Microsoft says moving to a new facility at 81 Bay Street (CIBC SQUARE) will enable the company to better serve its customers, collaborate with its technology partners and to attract top talent to a central location, one well served by transit and more accessible to universities and innovative new tech start-ups.

“Increasingly, Canada is being recognized as a global leader in technology and the investments we are making today and into the future will help ensure Canada continues to be a hotbed of innovation,” said Microsoft Canada President Kevin Peesker. “By relocating our headquarters to downtown Toronto, we will be able to better serve our customers and attract top talent to continue to drive innovation and growth for our Canadian customers and our large partner ecosystem.”

Comprising 132,000 square feet over four floors of the 81 Bay Street building now under construction, the new Microsoft Canada headquarters is a significant investment in Toronto’s tech cluster. Currently, Microsoft employs more than 2,300 employees across Canada, and supports an extended ecosystem of more than 14,000 trusted partners who sell, service or deploy Microsoft products. The company expects that given the pace of technology and the investments it is making that the Microsoft ecosystem could account for more than 60,000 new jobs by the time its new headquarters opens in two years.

“Our Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan is working. Leading tech companies are setting up offices across Canada, hiring Canadian talent, and investing in Canada’s enormous potential as an innovation and tech hub. Microsoft’s latest investment in Canada – totaling $570 million – will create hundreds of new jobs and benefit several cities, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal. I know our highly-skilled, diverse workforce will continue to attract tech investment in record numbers – growing our economy and creating new opportunities for Canadians across the country,” said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minster of Canada.

“This announcement by Microsoft offers yet more evidence of the strength of Toronto as a global technology centre, and as a desirable home for major corporations. By choosing South Core as its new home, Microsoft is embracing one of the hottest new areas of downtown and Toronto welcomes them with open arms,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Investment in Canada

Microsoft has had a headquarters in Canada since 1985, and during that time has injected billions of dollars into the Canadian economy including, most recently, the opening of two datacentres (Toronto and Quebec), an innovation hub in Vancouver, and an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal. Other investments since 2015, include:

  • $111M in Azure credits into the startup ecosystem by supporting 5,700 start-ups
  • donating more than $178 million in cash, software and technology services to Canadian non-profits; and
  • enabling employees to contribute up to 100,000 person-hours annually of volunteer time in support of worthy causes, representing an equivalent dollar value of $10million

In addition to today’s announcement, Microsoft Canada intends to:

  • grow staff by more than 500 full-time employees, with an additional 500 co-ops/internships by 2022
  • invest $21 M in Azure credits to the Canada’s Supercluster initiative
  • invest $10M over 5 years into Cascadia innovation corridor which is formed between Washington and British Columbia to create new economic opportunities
  • invest more than $570M in next 3 years in fixed assets in the country, including relocation and expansion of its research and development lab in Montreal, relocation of its Vancouver sales office, renovation and redesign of its Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal sales offices, and the relocation of its Canadian Headquarters

Construction of the new Microsoft Canada headquarters at 81 Bay Street (CIBC SQUARE) is underway with occupancy expected for September 2020. CIBC SQUARE is a project by Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines.

About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering innovation, prosperity and security through great software – any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

City of Mississauga Flood Warning

The Credit River in Mississauga has experienced increased water levels this afternoon due to an ice and debris jam. The increased water level is causing flooding north of Old Derry Road and west of Second Line.

Residents in the area east of the Credit River in the vicinity of Old Derry Road and Second Line West are encouraged to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

At this time, only Willow Lane has been closed. Willow Lane, Barberry Lane, Old Mill Lane, Pond Street and a portion of Historic Trail up to Upper River Court are in the recommended evacuation area.

For those affected by the flood, the Rivergrove Community Centre at 5800 Rivergrove Avenue is open as a reception centre. Please take your emergency kits, essential medications and cell phone with you.

To report flooding, please call 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 outside City limits. For emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.

For more information as the Flood Warning continues, visit mississauga.ca or follow the City of Mississauga on Twitter at @citymississauga.

Upcoming Mississauga Jane’s Walks

You walk anyway so why not build a community while you’re at it?

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the power of walking. It’s been said to help fight the impacts of mental illness and heart disease but did you know that it can also help you connect to your neighbours and neighbourhoods through exploration and storytelling?

That’s the simple idea behind Jane’s Walk.  Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities and connect with neighbours.

If you’re truly ready to explore your city and become more connected to it, the below Jane’s Walks are for you.

Further information on all the below walks can be found here.

Bringing Water Back to Bradley: Walk with artist Erika De Freitas 
Date and Time: May 6th, 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Bradley Museum (see location)
About: Artist Erika DeFreitas conjures up the insights, thoughts and contemplations of connecting Lake Ontario and the 187 year old Bradley House with a temporary site specific installation.

Cemetery Lantern Walk
Date and Time:  May 6th, 5 p.m.
Location: Springcreek Cemetery, meet at the Gate. (see location)
About: Come for a walk-and-talk to learn about the lives, deaths and loves of past Clarkson residents and how they were laid to rest. Learn the meaning and nuance of rites and ornamentation of various periods.

YIMBY (Yes, in my Backyard)
Date and Time: May 7th, 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Meet in the small parkette at south-east corner of Dundas and Hurontario. (see location)
A speculative walk through the Mississauga that was, the Mississauga that is, and the Mississauga that will be.

Remembering Meadowvale and Listening to the Lake
Date and Time: May 14th, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: Meadowvale Community Centre (see location)
A poetic recalling of the past and living heritage of Meadowvale. Share and learn the views and vistas in, around and upon beautiful Lake Aquitane.

Exploring Culture and the Living Cemetery in Mississauga
Date and Time: May 27th, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: The Streetsville Public Cemetery (see location)
Urban cemeteries are spaces of memorialization and cultural value. Explore the cultural expressions of memorialization in the silent city, to understand how death takes up space and place in our communities.

A Tourist’s Guide to Mississauga

Explore the top five unique neighbourhoods of the city.

Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to explore what Mississauga has to offer. From the spectacular waterfront to the exciting downtown core, Mississauga has many communities with their own distinct identity. Take the time to visit these five districts filled with heritage houses, modern construction and beautiful parks that shape the city.

  1. Clarkson
Benares Historic House
Benares Historic House in Clarkson

Clarkson is the oldest Mississauga community and features a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services. Just a short distance away is Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, where the trail leads you through mature forests, floodplain features and a green ash swamp. To learn more about the history of the area, travel back in time with a visit to the Bradley Museum and the Benares Historic House.

  1. Downtown
Mississauga Civic Centre
Mississauga Civic Centre in City Centre

At the heart of the city, Mississauga’s downtown is home to the Civic CentreCelebration Square, the Central Library, the Living Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Ontario’s largest shopping mall, Square One Shopping Centre. It’s always buzzing with activities, festivals and concerts for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love shopping, entertainment or learning, downtown Mississauga has it all.

  1. Meadowvale
Meadowvale Theatre
Meadowvale Theatre

Meadowvale is one of the most active communities in Mississauga, filled with many parks and trails. To get your body moving, stop at Lake Aquitaine Park for stunning views of a man-made lake and get your workout on at the six exercise stations around the pathway loop. If you love live performances, check out Meadowvale Theatre to experience all aspects of the performing arts, including music, drama, comedy, dance and musical theatre.

  1. Port Credit
Port Credit Harbour
Beautiful Port Credit Harbour on Lake Ontario

As one of the city’s top cultural, entertainment and culinary districts, Port Credit’s old fashioned atmosphere is an incredible experience in Mississauga. With over 400 shops and exceptional restaurants as well as exciting festivals and events, this lakeside neighbourhood is a place you can’t miss. For nature lovers, the Waterfront Trail runs through Port Credit and offers popular paths for walking, cycling and rollerblading in the city.

  1. Streetsville
Streetsville Village Square
Streetsville Village Square

Streetsville has a small town charm that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood with many restaurants, bakeries and cafés that offer an assortment of dining options from formal afternoon tea to casual fish and chips. This lively area is a great place to discover, whether you are meeting for a coffee, enjoying an ice cream or listening to a musical performance.

Pick up a map, grab a friend and go explore these wonderful parts of Mississauga. To learn more about what the city has to offer, visit discovermississauga.ca.

Two More GO Train Trips and Parking for Commuters in Mississauga

Starting September 6, 2016, Metrolinx is adding one new morning and one new afternoon GO train trip between Milton and Toronto that will stop at all stations along the Milton line, including those in Mississauga: Lisgar, Meadowvale, Streetsville, Erindale, Cooksville and Dixie. The new trips will run as follows:

A new trip will depart from Milton GO Station at 5:59 a.m. each weekday, making all stops to Union Station and arriving at 7:00 a.m.

A new trip will depart from Union Station at 5:55 p.m. each weekday, making all stops to Milton GO Station and arriving at 6:54 p.m.

Also, construction will begin this fall to add over 250 parking spaces at the Streetsville GO Station, bringing the total number of available spaces to more than 1,700. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2018.

Construction will also begin this fall on approximately 130 new parking spaces at the Square One Bus Terminal, bringing the total number of available parking spaces to more than 330, with completion expected next spring.