Amazon expanding Boston tech hub, hiring on 2000 workers

Amazon will move into a new 416,000 square-foot office in Vancouver in 2022 at QuadReal’s The Post redevelopment

On Monday, Amazon disclosed plans to occupy much of a coming office development in downtown Vancouver, B.C., hiring an additional 3,000 employees there from 2022 and making the city one of Amazon's largest technology development outposts.

Seattle-based Amazon opened its first software development site in Vancouver in 2011 and now has more than 1,000 employees. They now operate a 156,000 square-foot location in TELUS Garden which opened to Amazon employees in 2015. Since Donald Trump became president with the pledge to create thousands of new jobs, US companies have been eager to tout hiring plans even if they've been previously announced. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended an event at the site to mark this latest announcement.

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". "We've moved forward in a partnership way right across the country and we've demonstrated that we understand that the national interest involves getting our resources responsibly to new markets but it also involves, for example, putting a price on carbon pollution right across Canada".




The company now has about 1,200 workers in the city, according to Rohit Prasad, a Boston-based vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa. 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's decision to bring another 3,000 jobs to Vancouver is great news for our city's booming innovation economy", said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Currently, the company's Vancouver workers produce new products and services for the company's global retail business and Amazon Web Services. The company also said Monday that it would add 200 jobs to a Minnesota office opened in 2016.

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