Amazon bringing 3000 more jobs to Canada

May 01, 2018, 04:49
Amazon bringing 3000 more jobs to Canada

Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver Monday as Amazon announced it's adding 3,000 new jobs to its west coast office.

The plan is unrelated to Amazon's search for a second headquarters that attracted 238 bids from 43 US states, as well as from Washington and Puerto Rico, six Canadian provinces, and three Mexican states.

It's a sign of the growing relationship between Canada's west coast and Amazon over the previous year.

In an April 30 release of his own, Trudeau called Amazon's announcement "a testament to Canada's highly-skilled, diverse workforce and tremendous potential as an innovation and tech hub".

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"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", said Alexandre Gagnon, Vice President of Amazon Canada and Mexico, in a statement issued to iPhone in Canada.

Amazon is an e-commerce and cloud computing company offering a range of products and services through its online properties.

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

In addition to Amazon's space, there will be approximately 200,000 square feet for retail, which will include restaurants, a grocery store, entertainment, fashion, and convenience stores.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver Monday morning when the company revealed its plan.

Seattle-based Amazon opened its first Vancouver office in 2015 and now has more than 1,000 employees, mostly software developers.

Last year, Canada launched a $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy to retain and attract top academic talent, and to increase the number of post-graduate trainees and researchers studying artificial intelligence and deep learning. "Generations of innovators, thinkers, and hard workers have made Canada what it is today: a country where new ideas are welcome, talent thrives, and creativity flourishes".

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