Amazon.com will hire 3,500 Canadians to work in the spaces it is opening and expanding in British Columbia and Ontario.
Posted September 28, 2020 at 8:30 am
The e-commerce giant revealed Monday that 3,000 of the hires will be in Vancouver, where it is expanding its presence, and 500 more in Toronto, where a new Amazon workspace is located.
Jesse Dougherty, Amazon vice president and head of the Vancouver office, said the company wanted to offer jobs in Canada because the country has a "tremendous" amount of technical talent it wants to work with. in their own territory.
New jobs include software development engineers, user experience designers, speech specialists who will work to make Alexa smarter, cloud solutions architects, and sales and marketing managers. .
Most of the jobs will be located in The Post, a Vancouver building where Amazon will use an additional 63,000 square feet of office space. By 2023, the company will occupy 18 floors it will rent in the building's north tower and 17 in the south tower.
Vancouver has long been viewed as an attractive Canadian business outpost due to its proximity to the United States and major technology hubs, including Silicon Valley and Amazon's Seattle headquarters.
The company will also welcome new employees to Toronto, where it will lease 12,000 square feet over five floors in a building at 18 York Street, not far from investors on Bay Street. She hopes the workers will be in the building next summer.
Amazon's renewed interest in the Canadian workforce and presence in the country comes after it focused most of its efforts on its network of 16 distribution centers – 13 already in operation, with three more to come in Hamilton, Ajax and Ottawa, Ontario.