Statement from Mayor Watson and Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin on the announcement by Amazon

Although we are disappointed with the news this morning that the Ottawa-Gatineau HQ2 proposal did not make the shortlist, we are proud of the way our two cities and the community came together to put forward a competitive bid that showcased the best that the National Capital Region has to offer. A number of community leaders and economic development partners worked tirelessly over the course of the six-week bid process and delivered a proposal that highlights our region’s economic opportunities, and the world-class talent that calls it home. This strengthened regional collaboration is a legacy of our efforts; one that will help us grow our local economy and attract jobs together in the coming years.

The proposal that Ottawa-Gatineau put forward is a template that will serve to ensure we remain attractive and competitive in the global marketplace and will help us attract global talent and investments. As Canada’s technology hub, with the most educated workforce in Canada, we believe the National Capital Region remains well positioned to attract interest from global companies looking to grow their presence in North America.

We congratulate Toronto on making the shortlist and wish them the very best going forward. Should Amazon HQ2 find a home in Toronto, there would likely be significant economic spinoffs for the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and we would welcome those opportunities.

Amazon decision-makers have provided positive feedback on our proposal, therefore positioning our region for future opportunities. We will continue working with Amazon in hopes of growing their existing team in Ottawa and securing other opportunities in the future.’’

– Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
– Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor, City of Gatineau