When Canada’s biggest tech company turns down a $600 million offer to expand its operations in Canada
Posted September 20, 2018 12:38:28 The Canadian government is taking a much tougher line with its new employer, Google, after the internet giant refused to sign a deal to open its own Canadian headquarters.
“Google has not received an invitation to apply for a company charter,” Minister of Innovation and Science Jason Kenney told reporters Monday, adding the government is looking into the matter.
Google has faced a barrage of criticism in recent months over the way it treats workers and the environment, particularly on climate change.
Canada has been the most prominent US state to reject the company’s request for a special permit to open a new office in Canada, saying the company can’t build a massive new campus there.
Kenney said Google will take a closer look at the issue at the earliest opportunity, after he meets with the company in Washington next week.
A spokesperson for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Google said Monday that it welcomes the government’s “ongoing discussions” on the matter, and is actively working with the government to address the issue.
However, the company said it has a history of failing to adhere to the Canadian environmental standards and has repeatedly said it will comply with environmental laws.
The government says Google has not been in compliance with existing environmental regulations in Canada since the company began operations there in 2003.
Under its new contract, Google will pay a $60 million upfront rent to the government, with the remainder to be paid in the future.
In its offer, Google said it is looking to hire 10,000 people over the next five years and grow to 200,000 by 2025.