Amazon to expand Vancouver tech hub, create 3000 new jobs

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Amazon is expanding in Vancouver again.

The old Canada Post building at 349 West Georgia Street will be redeveloped into Amazon Canada's new Vancouver headquarters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today (April 30) alongside Amazon VP, Alexandre Gagnon.

Amazon Canada announced Monday that it plans to expand its Vancouver Tech Hub and create an additional 3,000 jobs in fields including e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning.

"We're growing a strong, sustainable economy that benefits everyone, by bringing good-paying jobs to B.C. and investing in training the workforce of tomorrow", B.C. Premier John Horgan said at the announcement in November.

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

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Amazon, the world's third largest retailer behind Walmart and Alibaba according to Forbes magazine in 2017, already employs more than 6,000 workers in Canada, with more than 1,000 of them researchers at the Vancouver operation. The company expects to employ 5,000 people in Vancouver in the coming years.

The plan is unrelated to Amazon's search for a second headquarters that attracted 238 bids from 43 USA states, as well as from Washington and Puerto Rico, six Canadian provinces, and three Mexican states.

Amazon will soon have an even bigger presence in Vancouver. 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.

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. Vancouver also threw its name in the hat, but both cities failed to make the shortlist.