Amazon announces expansion of Vancouver office that will create 3000 tech jobs

Posted May 03, 2018

Currently, Amazon currently employs more 1,000 researchers and engineers in the city.

Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to its research and development office in Boston, the company announced Tuesday, confirming reports that the retailer would move into a new waterfront complex in the city.

The online retail giant uses its Boston base to focus on developing its digital assistant Alexa, as well as Amazon Web Services and audiobook seller Audible. Even without large subsidies, Amazon's second headquarters would drive up the already high cost of housing in Boston, overburden crowded roads and rail lines, and gobble up scarce labor, some critics worry.

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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. Jobs will include positions in e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in unison with a number of Amazon executives, announced that the world's leading ecommerce company will be expanding its footprint in Vancouver with the creation of a new 416,000 square foot facility.

"There are many reasons why industry giants like Amazon choose to settle and grow in Canada", he said.

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"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly skilled jobs in Vancouver", he said.

Over the course of the past five years Amazon has put a priority on Vancouver.

Seattle-based Amazon opened its first Vancouver office in 2015 and now has more than 1,000 employees, mostly software developers. And on top of Monday's announcement, in November a year ago, Amazon announced it would be expanding into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. The company expects to have approximately 5,000 employees in Vancouver in the near future, GeekWire reports.

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