Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada

Henrietta Brewer
November 15, 2017

Customers can preorder the Echo devices from Amazon Canada, with shipping set to start on December 5th.

Amazon expects 10,000 skills to be available to Canadian users this year, "including skills from Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more". The Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus are all up for pre-order in Canada, so it appears some of the less-popular Echo devices are not going to be available, at least not right now. Smart assistant Alexa, and Alexa-enabled devices Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot will launch next month. They will also be available at Best Buy, The Source, Staples, TELUS, Bell, Bed Bath & Beyond, and TSC: Today's Shopping Choice.

Amazon says Alexa will speak English with a Canadian accent and have local knowledge and local skills - Alexa's voice-activated apps - made by Canadian developers. The BMO skill provides an innovative voice service that gives customers access to banking information such as nearby ATM locations, up-to-date foreign exchange rates and information on BMO products and digital channels.

Also available today is Amazon's new Smart Home Store, which lists all smart devices available for purchase from a variety of manufacturers.

Amazon has launched Prime Music in Canada.

Amazon also said its Prime Music streaming service is now available to Prime members in Canada. It will compete with Spotify and Apple Music in the Canadian market with one million songs-and yes, that includes songs by The Tragically Hip. You could buy that Garmin Speak for $150 that we wrote about last month, but honestly it would just be cheaper to slap a Amazon Dot in your auto.

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