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Canadian Tire to locate new 'cloud computing centre' in downtown Winnipeg

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Winnipeg won what was a national competition for retail giant to locate its new "cloud computing centre," a news conference announced today.

The new centre will be located at on the second floor of the Air Canada building at Carlton and Portage. The centre will create 50 jobs, with most positions recruited in Manitoba, and will open this fall.

The new digital hub will allow customers to browse product on tablets in stores, on their home computers or on their phones in real time, the company's chief technology officer Eugene Roman said.

While the company looked at several locations in the city, they said they picked the Air Canada building because it has the basic infrastructure for the national retailer to install the banks of computer servers it requires.

Canadian Tire will take advantage of expanded provincial Data Processing Tax Credit worth $900,000 to $1 million, based on a minimum $10 million investment.

Roman would not comment on the amount the company is paying for the new centre.

The City of Winnipeg will provide up to $300,000 worth of economic incentives for the Canadian Tire centre, pending council approval, said property director Barry Thorgrimson.

Canadian Tire would not comment on how many cities were in the running for the centre.

Roman said the government incentives alone did not figure prominently in Canadian Tire's decision, as most jurisdictions offer them.

 

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