Amazon grows its workforce in BC adding 3000 new jobs

Amazon plans to expand into a new office in the Seaport

Amazon plans to expand into a new office in the Seaport

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Vancouver on Monday to make a major announcement with Amazon. In addition to the 6,000 Canadians that are already employed by Amazon across the country.

It's a sign of the growing relationship between Canada's west coast and Amazon over the past year.

Combined with 1,000 new Amazon jobs announced in November, this will bring the company's total employment across Canada to 9,000.

This will be Amazon's third and largest permanent office in the city after its 91,000-sq-ft TELUS Garden office and its new nine storey, 150,000 sq. ft. office building now being built at 402 Dunsmuir Street.

Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver tech hub and create 3,000 new high-tech jobs.

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Trudeau joined executives and employees at the site of Amazon's future 416,000-sq. -foot (38,688-sq. -meter) offices in downtown Vancouver's old post office.

Until the new Dunsmuir building opens, on a temporary basis, Amazon will continue to occupy 80% of the 80,000 sq. ft. of space at WeWork's first Vancouver co-working office location at the Bentall III office tower. The city, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, was a potential candidate for Amazon's second headquarters, in part due to Canada's pro-immigration policies.

Prime Minister Trudeau met with Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos on several occasions, including during his visit to San Francisco in February 2018, where he promoted Canada's diverse and skilled workforce.

Last year, Canada launched a $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy to retain and attract top academic talent, and to increase the number of post-graduate trainees and researchers studying artificial intelligence and deep learning.

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