Yesterday, tech giant Microsoft announced that it will be opening a massive new Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto in 2020.
The move has been greeted with enthusiasm, as it will be providing a lot of new jobs for the city.
Microsoft will be hiring thousands upon thousands of full-time, part-time and student employees to work in the new office when it opens.
Today we announced that Microsoft Canada’s headquarters will be moving to a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Toronto in Fall 2020. We’re excited to be a committed leader in the development of Canada’s technological ecosystem. https://t.co/mFOHzOCD1l pic.twitter.com/zOdYgYQ9jy— Microsoft Canada (@microsoftcanada) September 11, 2018
The company will be taking over four floors of downtown Toronto's CIBC Square Tower at 81 Bay Street, across from the Scotiabank Arena. In the short-term, the company will be creating jobs for 500 students over the next four years.
So, we'd suggest working on your resume right now if you want a shot at working in Microsoft's mega-office space in two years.
Today I announced that our HQ will move to Toronto in 2020, plus the addition of 500 employees over the next 4 years. Microsoft is committed to fueling innovation in Canada. This move will help us further empower businesses and entrepreneurs to do more. https://t.co/jVPbkb1E5p pic.twitter.com/nGe9kuMMC9— Kevin Peesker (@KevinPeesker) September 11, 2018
In the long-term, the new office will create around 60,000 jobs. Odds are you or someone you know will likely work either directly or indirectly for Microsoft when this huge office opens.
Microsoft is investing $570 million dollars into the new space, which will be 132,000 square-feet in total.
“Locating our head office in the heart of downtown Toronto not only makes sense for our growing workforce, but it also moves us closer to the customers we serve and to the tremendous talent pool that Toronto is attracting,” said Kevin Peesker, President at Microsoft Canada in a written statement.
“We are committed to empowering our customers and enabling them to thrive in the modern workplace, and we wouldn’t have it any other way for our own employees. It will be a vibrant, exciting place to work,” Peesker said.
So, if you’re a Toronto-based professional thinking of where you may want to work in the future, Microsoft should definitely be on your list.