Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Amazon bringing 3000 more jobs to Canada

Amazon bringing 3000 more jobs to Canada

This will be Amazon's third downtown Vancouver office, joining the company's 156,000 square-foot location at TELUS Garden and a nine-storey office now under construction at 402 Dunsmuir Street.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Amazon execs and employees on Monday at the site of the new office, which will open in 2022 at QuadReal's The Post redevelopment.

As a result, the move will bring as many as 3,000 total new jobs in related tech fields to the region.

Amazon now employs over 6,000 people across Canada, with 1,000 of them based in Vancouver at the company's Telus Garden location, which opened in 2015. AWS's teams in the Canadian city directly support local customers including Lululemon, BC Hydro, Vancouver International Airport, Unbounce, and Urthecast.

Until the new Dunsmuir building opens, on a temporary basis, Amazon will continue to occupy 80% of the 80,000 sq. ft. of space at WeWork's first Vancouver co-working office location at the Bentall III office tower. Additionally in Vancouver, the human resources technology team helps build the HR, recruiting and employee management software systems that support Amazon's global workforce of over 560,000 employees.

"This is great news for Canadian professionals looking for new challenges and new markets, or students ready to enter the job market", Prime Minister Trudeau said.

The new operation will be in addition to Amazon's 156,000-square-foot building opened in Vancouver in 2015. The company expects to employ 5,000 people in Vancouver in the coming years.

"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", said Alexandre Gagnon, vice president of Amazon Canada and Amazon Mexico.

Amazon is expanding in Vancouver again. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have used the job-retraining program globally.

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