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Amazon to employ 3000 people at new Vancouver facility

03 May 2018, 02:17 | Hattie Nash

The former Canada Post building at 349 Georgia Street is seen in this undated Google Maps image

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In addition, Amazon will build a new office tower that is expected to open in 2022. "We are proud to champion these companies, who invest in our talent and the future of our economy, and create new opportunities for Canadians to succeed".

"Vancouver is home to an incredibly talented and diverse workforce, and these thousands of new employees will invent on behalf of our customers worldwide", Gagnon said.

Rather than open an office north of the American border and immediately rush back below to hire Americans, Klugen believes Amazon will first look locally before going to other Canadian cities such as Ottawa, Waterloo and Toronto.

The company has long based much of its Alexa and Audible teams at a growing office in Kendall Square, and has beefed up its Amazon Web Services and robotics development teams here in recent years.

Amazon also confirmed last November its plans to expand into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020.

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Even as Amazon continues to weigh the 20 finalist regions - Boston included - for its second headquarters, the company has pushed ahead with a series of announcements of expansions to its existing footprint outside its Seattle headquarters.

"Because they (Amazon) know at the current time, Canada may be more friendly to bringing in more immigrants with technical skills to help fill these positions", he said.

On Monday, Amazon announced plans for a new 416,000-square-foot office in Vancouver, B.C. There are plans to employ 3,000 more workers across similar fields as in Boston. The company expects to grow to 5,000 corporate employees in Vancouver in the coming years across all of its locations in the city.

"With this bold investment, Vancouver just locked in the silver medal in the race for Amazon HQ2", said Sean Elbe, Sector Development Manager, Technology at Vancouver Economic Commission.



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