On May 3, Microsoft welcomed the press and Toronto Mayor John Tory to the official opening ceremony for its new Canadian headquarters in the CIBC Square building.
Spanning 132,000 square feet, the new headquarters offers stunning views of downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario. Following a “team-based space design,” the hybrid office features a mix of open and private workspaces for employees and partners, as well as social spaces and event spaces.
Prior to moving downtown, Microsoft Canada’s headquarters were located in Mississauga.
“This office was designed to…capture the essence of Canada and bring it to inspire: to inspire us for innovation and inspire ambition not only for the current generation, but also for the next generation of business leaders” , Peesker said during the office tour with the media. . “We also built this facility to be at the heart of such a vibrant ecosystem, which is critical to all aspects of our economy.
“As we digitize, we bring the technology together and infuse it into every industry, no matter the size of the organization or whether it’s private or public sector. It’s also there to support employees , it’s there to support customers, it’s there to support our partner ecosystem, and it’s there to support the community.
In addition to employees and staff, the space will also house Microsoft’s Visualization Center and Data Innovation Center of Excellence (DICE). Both centers will allow Microsoft to work more closely with customers, partners and universities to innovate future solutions.
Toronto Mayor John Tory joined the celebration along with Microsoft Canada President Kevin Peesker. After touring the space and trying out several Microsoft innovations, he welcomed the company’s new presence in downtown Toronto.
“Part of it is finding ways to make sure that the downtown core of the city, first of all, reflects this hugely important message of innovation and creativity, and a commitment to those things,” Tory said.
Tory pointed out that attracting more talent to downtown not only strengthens the large-scale economy, but also revitalizes the thousands of businesses that have been impacted by isolation efforts during the pandemic. Additionally, the mayor noted that it’s also helping boost ridership on Toronto’s transit system (TTC), which has seen ridership drop to 30% capacity during the pandemic.
“Whether it’s local businesses or global companies that have been around for decades, we need them all here,” Tory said, noting Toronto’s diverse talent pool and the investments that will shape the Canada’s future economy. “I think the offices, and of course, more importantly, the people who work there are extremely important to our future success.”
Microsoft currently employs approximately 5,000 people in Canada.