Amazon grows its workforce in BC adding 3000 new jobs
- Author: Israel Montgomery May 03, 2018,
May 03, 2018, 14:16
Besides the new tech center, the company announced it will be expanding its operations to a downtown location on Dunsmuir Street, with that particular development being expected to be completed by 2020.
Omnichannel powerhouse Amazon is planning to expand its Boston tech hub and hire on 2,000 employees across a range of roles, from machine learning to robotics.
Amazon already employs more than 6000 full-time workers across Canada, including more than 1000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver who primarily create new products and services for the company's worldwide retail and Amazon Web Services (AWS) businesses.
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The expansion into a new 430,000-square-foot office in Seaport Square will double Amazon's tech workforce in Boston and surrounding areas adding 2,000 new jobs to the existing 3,500 in the area, CBS4 reported.
For his part, Amazon vice president of Canada and Mexico Gagnon said the company was "excited" to create 3000 new "highly-skilled" jobs in Vancouver. "Amazon's future here in Vancouver is very bright".
Online retailer Amazon, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on hand, announced Monday it will add 3,000 jobs in Vancouver, British Columbia, about 150 miles (240 km) north of its Seattle headquarters. And on top of Monday's announcement, in November past year, Amazon announced it would be expanding into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020.
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Because of Amazon's large presence here and the region's talented workforce, Boston has been considered a top contender for the company's so-called "HQ2" - a massive campus that could eventually house 50,000 jobs - and Amazon officials visited here in March to scout potential sites.
Since 2011, Amazon has created more than 3,500 jobs in MA. Amazon said it expects to grow to 5,000 corporate employees in Vancouver in the coming years.
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