Combined with 1,000 new Amazon jobs announced in November, this will bring the company's total employment across Canada to 9,000. Jobs will include positions in e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning. "Amazon would not have expanded their labour force here in Vancouver if they didn't think the talent didn't already exist or that they could get the talent from other parts of Canada".
"Amazon's significant presence at The Post marks a defining moment for Vancouver's growing knowledge sector and an important catalyst for B.C.'s economy", said Dennis Lopez, QuadReal's chief executive officer.
"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", said Alexandre Gagnon, vice president of Amazon Canada and Amazon Mexico. Vancouver applied, but was not among the finalists for the project, which Amazon says it hopes to staff with 50,000 people. "As a homegrown British Colombian and a software engineer, I am so proud of living and working in a city that is recognized worldwide as a first-rate global tech hub".
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The company is opening a 430,000-square-foot office in WS Development's Seaport Square project - a 7.6 million-square-foot development along the waterfront.
On Tuesday, the internet behemoth unveiled plans for a major expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs even as the city remains in contention for the company's coveted second headquarters. And on top of Monday's announcement, in November a year ago, Amazon announced it would be expanding into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. Amazon is estimating it will employ some 5,000 Vancouver-based corporate workers in the near future.
"We chose to build and grow in Canada because we recognize the diverse and exceptionally talented workforce here", Jesse Dougherty, Amazon's site lead in Seattle, said at an event on Monday with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Amazon is expected to announce the location of its HQ2 later in 2018.