An investment of over $5 billion into infrastructure.  Creating as many as 50,000 high paying jobs.  The opportunity to bring one of the biggest tech companies in the world to your backyard.  Amazon has been on the search for a home for its second headquarters.

238 cities from all across Canada and the U.S. made their claim as to why their city was the best place for Amazon to call home.  Twelve of Canada’s most significant cities all throwing their hats in the ring.

And now, Amazon has narrowed their list down to twenty perspective cities, and Toronto is the only Canadian city still in the running.

Toronto has a strong claim to the valuable development.  Amazon is based out of Seattle, Washington, and it would make sense for their second location to be on the eastern side of the continent.  Also, the construction and tax costs are much lower in the great white north, which could be the final tipping point in Toronto’s favour.

Toronto Mayor John Tory had this to say, “There is no other city region in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy and economic strength.  I look forward to working with Toronto Global and my fellow GTA mayors and regional chairs as we continue to go through the bidding process over the coming months. I will continue to do whatever I can to bring good secure jobs to Toronto.”

Plus, whoever wins will have a good chance of getting one of those Amazon Go stores.

Here is the shortlist of cities Amazon is considering:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Montgomery Country
  • Nashville
  • Newark
  • New York City
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC