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Amazon Shortlists Toronto for their New Headquarters

Amazon just announced that it has narrowed down the list of cities to 20 for their HQ2 location. Just as a reminder, Amazon wants to spend $5 billion dollars in the city, and hire 50,000 employees there. Amazon said it will make their final decision by the end of 2018.

So the good news is Toronto, a leader in IT space in Canada, has been chosen by Amazon on their short list of 20. The bad news is, no other Canadian cities such as Monteal, Vancouver, Ottawa or Calgary have made it. Few months we have predicted that this is exactly how this will play out in our article on why we think Toronto will be either shortlisted or the city Amazon will pick for its HQ2.

The 20 Amazon short listed cities for HQ 2 are:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington D.C.

Amazon overall has received 238 proposals from cities. Holly Sullivan, an executive with Amazon Public Policy, said:

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity.”

Now the 20 short listed cities will work closely with Amazon over the next 9-10 months to “evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory Was Ecstatic

‪I’m so proud of the Toronto Region’s bold Amazon.com bid. #AmazonHQ2 ‬

‪I'm so proud of the Toronto Region's bold Amazon.com bid. #AmazonHQ2 ‬

Posted by John Tory on Thursday, January 18, 2018

So who will be chosen now?

Paddy Power, website that takes wagers on sports but ventures into politics and other topics, gives Atlanta 2-to-1 odds against winning the competition. Philadelphia is at 7-to-1, Boston at 8-to-1 and Toronto at 9-to-1.

Top Canadian Universities for Computer Science – 2017 Ranking

Computer Science is one in demand degree  that can you set up for life with salaries floating around $80k – $120k for 3-8 years of experience, and some new grads finding themselves getting as much as $60k-$80k starting salaries after finishing university.

Salaries could be higher if you are a Canadian citizen and decide to venture off to Silicon Valley where some recent software engineering grads from below top 3 universities can make as much as $100k Canadian as their first job salary in sunny California.

Using scientific data from academic publishing company Elsevier, Macleans have crunched the data to come up with the following top 20 list where to get your computer science degree in Canada.

Macleans used the following five criteria to calculate the scores: field weighted citation impact (FWCI) at 35 per cent, fractional publications at 10 per cent, fractional citations at 10 per cent, program reputation at 35 per cent and research reputation at 10 per cent.

What is FWCI , fractional publications and citations you might ask? It measures the impact of research at each university by calculating how often a paper gets cited. Fractional publications measure the volume of papers published at each university and Fractional citations measure how often a paper was cited and also take into account if there are multiple authors on a paper.

You might also check out Top 1000 universities and how they are ranked in the World , and to see which Canadian universities made it to Top 100.

Best Computer Science Universities for 2017 across Canada


20. Western University

17. York University (tie)

17. University of Saskatchewan (tie)

17. Saint Mary’s University (tie)


17. St. Francis Xavier (tie)


14. McMaster University (tie)

14. Concordia University (tie)

12. University of Ottawa (tie)

12. University of Manitoba (tie)

11. University of Victoria

10. University of Ontario Institute of Technology

9. University of Calgary

8. Queen’s University

7. Universite de Montreal

6. Simon Fraser University


Top 5 Universities for Computer Science in Canada are

5. McGill University

4. University of Alberta

2. University of Waterloo (tied)

2. University of British Columbia (tied)

Best University For Computer Science

1. University of Toronto