Amazon Canada To Create 3000 High Tech Jobs At Vancouver Tech Hub

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

This will be Amazon's third downtown Vancouver office, joining the company's 156,000 square-foot location at TELUS Garden and a nine-storey office now under construction at 402 Dunsmuir Street.

Amazon now employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver who work on the company's retail and AWS products, in addition to human resources technology.

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running.

The new headquarters will be located at Canada Post's former locations on West Georgia Street and is expected to open by 2022. On top of today's announcement, Amazon also confirmed last November its plans to expand into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. The company expects to employ 5,000 employs across the three offices.

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"Tech talent and investment are coming to our country in record numbers, and companies like Amazon are bringing even more energy, vision - and thousands of good jobs - to Canada", Trudeau said. Amazon provides employees with highly-competitive pay, benefits, a group RRSP plan, and company stock.

Over the course of the past five years Amazon has put a priority on 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. "I've loved working here as we've continued to grow", said Rebecca McKnight, an Amazon software development engineer, during Monday's announcement.

Amazon first established a presence in Vancouver in 2013.

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