Boston, Get Ready! Amazon to Add 2000 Jobs

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

In November it announced plans to expand a separate office at 402 Dunsmuir, in addition to another 156,000 square-foot location in TELUS Garden that opened in 2015. "And while these tech investments are important to Vancouver, there is lots of potential for a broader, long-term collaboration between Amazon and the existing ecosystem of digital entertainment & interactive industries". More than 6,000 people now work for Amazon in Canada, including 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver at several sites.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at the event with Vancouver employees at the site of a planned 416,000 square foot Development Center, which is scheduled to open in 2022. The new positions will focus on ecommerce, cloud computing, and machine learning.

"Today's announcement is proof that Canada is in the right place to shape the future", said Trudeau. "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".

"Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in greater Boston", said Rohit Prasad, Amazon vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa, in a press release.

"Vancouver is home to an incredibly talented and diverse workforce, and these thousands of new employees will invent on behalf of our customers worldwide", Gagnon added. But Vancouver did not make the company's list of 20 HQ2 finalists, which does include Toronto.

It was a day of talking commerce for the prime minister, who attended an announcement about Amazon's expansion in Vancouver and said innovation will help drive economic growth and improve the lives of middle-class Canadians.

Over the course of the past five years Amazon has put a priority on Vancouver. The company expects to grow to 5,000 corporate employees in Vancouver in the coming years across all of its locations in the city.

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