The Prime Minister, Premier, Mayor and other dignitaries were on hand for the grand opening of Microsoft’s new “Canada Excellence Centre” in downtown Vancouver today.
The company has said Canada’s immigration policies are less stringent than the U.S., allowing Microsoft to pull top talent from all over the world for its Vancouver office.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear the opening of the centre is a big deal for more than just Vancouver.
“This is big news for Microsoft, it’s also big news for Vancouver, for British Columbia and for Canada as a whole. Microsoft’s decision to add as many as 350 new development jobs to their Vancouver operations is a real vote of confidence in the community and in the talent and expertise of Canadian workers.”
In her remarks, Premier Christy Clark took a jab at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“While we see people talk about building walls south of the border and keeping people out that they don’t like or don’t agree with them, in Canada, in British Columbia, we choose very purposefully a very different direction and that is to open up our province to the best and the brightest from around the world. Rather than build walls, we want to tear them down.”
Microsoft says its new Canadian headquarters will inject $90 million in direct investment in the city with an economic impact of $180 million each year province-wide.
The company also says its workforce will double to more than 750 positions.