Three Canadian cities are about to get a whole lot of love from one tech giant. A trio of new Google offices in Canada is officially in the works, and the company is expected to triple its workforce here by 2022. Google has big plans here in the north, such as hiring thousands of new employees.
On February 6, Google announced that it will be opening three new offices, in Toronto, Waterloo, and Montreal.
This additional space will give Google enough room for plenty of new staff, as their current workforce could triple in size over the next few years.
In fact, the company says that it could accommodate up to 5,000 employees in Canada by 2022.* Google stated in a press release that it currently employs 1,500 Canadians.
According to The Canadian Press via CTV News, the new Waterloo location will be moved opposite the current Google space there, while the existing offices in Toronto and Montreal will be completely revamped.
The new Toronto workspace is going to be huge, with 400,000 square feet across 18 floors being leased by the company on King Street East.
The new office in Montreal will be on Viger Avenue West and will have the capacity to house 1,000 employees across five floors, says the press release.
Each floor will pay homage to the city with design features that reflect beloved Montreal neighbourhoods. This will include an ode to Little Italy, Le Village, Le Plateau, Chinatown, and the Old Port.
Google first made its way into Canada in 2001, opening its first location north of the border in Toronto. Back then it only had one employee.
Now, the tech company employs hundreds of engineers, game developers, sales leaders, and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers.
Google is looking to grow that number even more with the addition of the new office spaces.
The tech giant has also announced that Waterloo will soon become home to the first Google for Startups Accelerator in Canada.
It's a three-month initiative that uses Google programs, products, people and technology to help startups that utilize machine learning and AI.
Aside from Google, many other tech companies have set up shop in Toronto, Waterloo, and Montreal over the years.
A new Amazon fulfilment centre recently opened in Quebec's largest city. The tech sector in the Kitchener-Waterloo area has been expanding rapidly, rivalling Toronto as Ontario's biggest hub for innovation.
While Google isn't coming to any additional cities in Canada just yet, it's clear that the company is serious about planting its roots here.
*This article has been updated.