Amazon grows its workforce in BC adding 3000 new jobs

Posted May 01, 2018

In November, the company announced 1,000 new tech jobs at its Vancouver office.

The old Canada Post building at 349 West Georgia Street will be redeveloped into Amazon Canada's new Vancouver headquarters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today (April 30) alongside Amazon VP, Alexandre Gagnon.

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

Amazon, the world's third largest retailer behind Walmart and Alibaba according to Forbes magazine in 2017, already employs more than 6,000 workers in Canada, with more than 1,000 of them researchers at the Vancouver operation.

Amazon will expand into a brand new location in QuadReal's The Post redevelopment when the project opens in 2022.

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"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.

This will be Amazon's third and largest permanent office in the city after its 91,000-sq-ft TELUS Garden office and its new nine storey, 150,000 sq. ft. office building now being built at 402 Dunsmuir Street. Amazon provides employees with highly-competitive pay, benefits, a group RRSP plan, and company stock.

Amazon will soon have an even bigger presence in Vancouver. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have used the job-retraining program globally.

Additionally, more than 35 Canadian institutions, including the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Simon Fraser University, are accelerating the education and training of the next generation of IT and cloud professionals through the global AWS Educate initiative. Amazon said it expects to grow to 5,000 corporate employees in Vancouver in the coming years.

Trudeau said at a press conference in Vancouver that Amazon chose Canada for a number of reasons, including the availability of skilled labor talent.

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