Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon, has unveiled its latest initiative to bolster its global infrastructure with the launch of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region.

This development marks AWS as the first major cloud services provider to establish an infrastructure region in Western Canada, extending its footprint in the country.

The newly introduced AWS Calgary Region comprises three Availability Zones, providing customers with enhanced options for deploying applications with increased resilience, availability, and lower latency.

This expansion allows developers, startups, enterprises, government entities, and non-profit organisations across Canada to leverage AWS data centres within the country for running applications and serving end-users.

Significance for Canada’s economic landscape

AWS’ strategic move aligns with its commitment to investing an estimated $17.9bn in Canada through 2037.

The economic impact study released by AWS outlines the expected creation of more than 9,300 full-time equivalent jobs annually and a substantial contribution to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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The AWS Calgary Region alone is projected to add approximately $4.1bn to Canada’s GDP over the same period.

Positive responses from government and industry leaders

Government officials and industry leaders in Canada have welcomed the establishment of the AWS Calgary Region.

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Government of Canada, emphasised the impact on economic development while Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation for the Government of Alberta, highlighted the region’s contribution to Alberta’s thriving tech market.

AWS’ vice-president of Infrastructure Services, Prasad Kalyanaraman, expressed the company’s commitment to supporting organisations of all sizes and industries, promoting local job creation, and fostering growth and collaboration.