More than seven months into the planning process of Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto’s Smart City initiative, lobbying registrations suggest that companies affiliated with Sidewalk Labs, and that are subsidiaries of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., may be well-positioned to capitalize on the development project.
An analysis of lobbying records by The Logic shows that eight people have registered to lobby the City of Toronto on behalf of three companies with connections to Sidewalk Labs. These are in addition to the 22 people from Sidewalk Labs who have registered to lobby the city since October 2017.
All three of those affiliates—urban health initiative Cityblock Health Inc., urban transit systems company Flow Inc. (now called Coord) and digital infrastructure company Intersection Parent Inc.—registered to lobby the city within 48 hours of each other between November 13 and 14 of 2017. All three companies named Sidewalk Labs and Alphabet as beneficiaries, and listed both as parent companies.