Amazon to create 3000 tech jobs with new Canada Post building headquarters

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The new headquarters will be housed within a 416,000-square-foot tower built above the exisiting Canada Post building.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Amazon jointly announced Monday that the online retailing giant will add 3,000 employees to its Vancouver operation.

"We choose to build and grow in Canada because we recognize the diverse and exceptionally talented work force here", Jesse Dougherty, Amazon's general manager of web services, told an announcement event on the new development also attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Folks across the country are ready to take on the jobs of tomorrow and help companies like yours (Amazon) shape the future - a future where innovation drives economic growth and helps improve the lives of middle class Canadians and people working hard to join it".

Currently, Amazon employees over 1,000 engineers and researchers in Vancouver, related to the company's worldwide retail business and Amazon Web Services (AWS).




QuadReal said construction of the entire project will begin in January, 2019, and be completed in mid-2023. "Canadians share your passion for invention and your commitment to excellence - and that's why we are excited to see Amazon grow here in Vancouver".

Amazon first established a presence in Vancouver in 2013. In June 2017, Amazon opened a corporate office in Toronto and in November 2017, the company confirmed plans to open a second Vancouver office in 2020, bringing another 1,000 jobs to the city.

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

"Today's announcement is a testament to Canada's highly-skilled, diverse workforce and tremendous potential as an innovation and tech hub", said Trudeau.

"I know that part of the challenge that folks across the Lower Mainland and B.C. are facing right now is related to the fact that we are connected so closely to the USA market and to what happens in the United States", Trudeau said as the price of gas exceeded $1.60 a litre in the Vancouver area. In an interview, she said there are 100,000 British Columbians employed in the tech sector and another 50,000 working in tech jobs in other industries.

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