Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Amazon to add 3000 tech jobs in Vancouver, Canada

Amazon to add 3000 tech jobs in Vancouver, Canada

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 is surrounded by Amazon employees as he announces Amazon will be creating 3,000 jobs during a press conference on April 30, 2018 in Vancouver. "We are proud to champion these companies, who invest in our talent and the future of our economy, and create new opportunities for Canadians to succeed".

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.

Currently, Amazon currently employs more 1,000 researchers and engineers in the city. Currently, the company's Vancouver workers produce new products and services for the company's global retail business and Amazon Web Services. And last November, Amazon announced planed to add another downtown site in 2020 with 1,000 workers. Over seven years, the company has created more than 3,500 jobs in the state, from its corporate office in Cambridge to additional offices in Boston's Back Bay and Fort Point neighborhoods to the Amazon Robotics development center in North Reading and the company's distribution center in Fall River.

Because of Amazon's large presence here and the region's talented workforce, Boston has been considered a top contender for the company's so-called "HQ2" - a massive campus that could eventually house 50,000 jobs - and Amazon officials visited here in March to scout potential sites.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in an interview on Monday that Amazon did not receive any concessions from municipal governments to encourage the development.

"Because they (Amazon) know at the current time, Canada may be more friendly to bringing in more immigrants with technical skills to help fill these positions", he said.

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