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Microsoft Plans to Invest $500 Million to Boost Digital Infrastructure in Quebec, Canada

Last Updated on 23rd November 2023

Microsoft, in a press release, announced that it will bolster the current digital infrastructure in Quebec. The USD 500 million investment will be used to expand hyper-scale cloud computing capabilities and enhance AI infrastructure in Quebec. Additionally, this investment will increase Microsoft's local data center facility infrastructure footprint in Canada by 750%.

 

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Microsoft's USD 500 million investment in Quebec will be focused on two main areas:

 

  • Infrastructure expansion: The company will invest in the construction of a new data center in Quebec, as well as the expansion of its existing data centers in the province. This will provide Microsoft with the capacity to meet the growing demand for cloud computing services in Quebec and across Canada.

 

  • Skill development initiatives: Microsoft will develop new training programs for workers in Quebec, as well as partnerships with educational institutions and community organizations. These initiatives will help ensure that Quebec's workforce has the skills needed to succeed in the digital economy.

 

Microsoft will provide the necessary support for its future data center locations such as L’Ancienne-Lorette, Donnacona, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, and Lévis to meet the company’s sustainability goals, including the use of low-carbon materials during construction, renewable energy, advanced cooling features, and measures to decrease diesel fuel during operation.

 

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Chris Barry, President of Microsoft Canada, stated that the extensive investment is an example of the organization’s commitment to the Quebec province. The investment will reinforce the province’s digital economy and accelerate the development of AI technologies and innovation in Quebec. Microsoft was the first company to launch enterprise-grade hyper-scale cloud services in Quebec

 

Also Read More: Microsoft Plans to Purchase Additional 1,030 acres for Mount Pleasant Data Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Quebec’s Role in Boosting Digital Ecosystem in Canada

Quebec, situated in eastern Canada, has emerged as a prominent destination for data center investments, attracting global tech giants and fostering a vibrant digital ecosystem. The province's strategic location, abundant hydropower resources, and supportive government policies have all contributed to its attractiveness for data center development.

 

  • Google's Beauharnois Data Center: Google, the tech behemoth, is constructing a massive data center in Beauharnois, Quebec, with an investment of approximately USD 735 million. This hyperscale facility will be powered by renewable energy and is expected to create hundreds of jobs during its construction and operation. 

 

  • Cologix MTL8 Data Center: Cologix, a leading colocation provider, is expanding its presence in Montreal with the development of the MTL8 data center. This facility will offer secure, reliable colocation services to support the growing demand for cloud and digital services in Quebec. 

 

  • Vantage Data Centers' QC4 Montreal Campus: Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyperscale data center solutions, is investing USD 900 million to expand its QC4 Montreal campus. This expansion will include the construction of a new data center and the development of renewable energy initiatives to power the facility sustainably.

 

Quebec's data center facility projects demonstrate the province's strategic positioning as a global digital infrastructure hub. The combination of strategic location, abundant renewable energy, supportive government policies, skilled workforce, and expanding digital infrastructure ecosystem makes Quebec an attractive destination for data center investments.

 

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