Amazon launches Alexa, Echo devices, and Prime Music in Canada


The BMO Skill is secure and easy to set up on any Alexa-enabled device by asking Alexa, or can simply be enabled from the Alexa Skill Store.

To access the service, customers have to activate the Alexa "voice skill", which is available on devices such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap.

"We're excited to bring [Alexa] to Canada with an experienced designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers", said Amazon Senior VP Tom Taylor in a statement. Even though the U.S. and Canada have English as an official language, the linguistic differences between the two countries could easily confuse Alexa. The update is on three well-known devices i.e, the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot. Interestingly, even though Alexa now has a Canadian English voice, there was no mention of a Canadian French option.

For those unfamiliar with Alexa and the Echo lineup of devices, Alexa is a smart assistant that can do everything from read the news, get local weather, play music, control your smart home, and - my daughter's favourite pastime - ask Alexa questions about just about everything. There are a ton of different recipe skills available for Alexa like Allrecipes, which also has an Android app.

Prime Music will launch on December 5, with the Echo units starting to ship on the same day.

In addition to the Echo devices, Alexa will soon be coming to several third-party devices through the Alexa Voice Service, which lets hardware developers integrate the digital brain directly into their products.

Of course, you can't have Alexa without having access to an Amazon Prime music library, so the company has launched the streaming music service in Canada today as well. Prime Music, which features over 1 million songs on demand, is now included with every new and existing Prime membership in Canada.