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

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.

The Echo and Alexa availability comes months after rival Google debuted its Home smart system in Canada and after Alexa and the Echo speakers were launched in markets such as the U.K., Germany and Japan.

Customers in Canada can begin streaming Prime Music within the Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and on any Web browser.

Though Amazon has quickly expanded some of its services around the globe, such as Prime Video, the company is taking its time with Alexa. Not only are Amazon's Echo devices coming up north, third-party devices like the ecobee4 smart thermostate, UE BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers, and FABRIQ Chorus speakers will also be getting Alexa support.

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"Tens of millions of customers are already using Alexa, and today we're excited to bring her to Canada with an experience designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers", Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in a statement. The skills include skills from Air Canada, CBS, the Weather Network, TD Bank and Bank of Montreal. The Canadian Alexa voice will exactly be the same as that of the local language of the nation.

Echo devices are available for pre-order today on Amazon.ca for a December 5 launch.

Amazon Echo - the original voice-controlled speaker that provides Alexa access will be available in Sandstone, heather grey, and charcoal. It's being introduced for $49.99 and its regular price is $69.99.

The next generation Amazon Echo and the Echo Plus, which is equipped with a built-in smart home hub. Prime Music consists of over 1 million songs on demand and is now included with all existing and new Prime membership in Canada.

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