May 16, 2006 08:00 ET

Sympatico/MSN Partners with on Local Online Classified Site

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) - -

Sympatico / MSN (, Canada's most popular online destination with 17.5 million unique visitors(i) is pleased to announce that Canadian consumers will now be able to find a large and sophisticated free classified section on Sympatico / MSN powered by This co-branded classified site ( features Canadian online classified ads that will allow consumers to view listings in their local community for items such as cars, homes, appliances, furniture, electronics and pets. Sympatico / MSN users can now buy and sell more quickly, simpler and more cost effectively in their local community.

"With's vast Canadian audience it's a win-win partnership and we look forward to offering this service to all Canadians," says Patrick Lauzon, VP Sales & Business Development Sympatico / MSN.

"We are excited to be able to partner with Sympatico / MSN the largest Canadian Internet portal. This strategic partnership will allow to strengthen our online presence and further enhance our commitment to local buyers and sellers. has been one of the most trusted Canadian sites in the classified industry for over 10 years, and will continue to focus on growth and development while consistently providing effective results," says Zouhaire Sekkat, VP of Online & IT Systems, North America. is Canada's most popular online destination with 17.5 million unique visitors(i) experiencing its entertainment, information and communication services. The portal brings together Bell Sympatico's Web content and broadband services with MSN's popular Hotmail, Messenger and Search services. Bell Sympatico is Canada's leading ISP, while MSN Messenger is used by more Canadians than any other instant messaging service with more than 13.2 million users(i) and MSN Hotmail is the leading web-based email service, with 14.7 million Canadian users(i). also delivers exclusive content to Sympatico High Speed Internet service subscribers, as well as value-added services such as MSN Premium and Microsoft Outlook® Live.

(i) March Media Metrix Canada

About Bell Canada

Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly-owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services, please visit and for corporate information on BCE, please visit

About MSN Canada

MSN Canada is a leading provider of online software and services including MSN Hotmail, the world's most utilised Web-based e-mail service(i), and MSN Messenger, Canada's leading instant messaging service(i). The most useful and innovative online service today, MSN Canada brings consumers everything they need from the Web to make the most of their time online through subscription services such as MSN Premium.

About™ is a leading Canadian classified advertising website that provides a simple and cost-effective way for buyers and sellers to get together online. The web site is aggressively expanding its online classifieds business worldwide. The company focuses on the core content categories of Automotive, Real Estate, and General merchandise. With a wide variety of categories, consumers can find virtually everything amongst over 200,000 products and services.

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