N. Virginia, Toronto join chase to land e-commerce giant

The Canadian federal government’s fast-tracking of visas for high-skilled workers and northern Virginia’s weather yesterday were touted as reasons why Amazon.com Inc. should look beyond Boston for its second North American headquarters location.

Toronto-area municipalities yesterday formally announced a regional bid for the online retail giant’s estimated $5 billion “HQ2” project expected to eventually grow to 50,000 workers. Amazon already has 2 million-plus square feet of space...

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