Amazon to expand Vancouver tech hub, create 3000 new jobs

02 May, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Amazon To Create 3,000 High Tech Jobs At Vancouver Tech Hub

Amazon now employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver who work on the company's retail and AWS products, in addition to human resources technology.

Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver tech hub with a new office that will bring 3,000 new jobs to the city.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver Monday morning when the company revealed its plan.

The e-commerce giant is expanding to a huge new office in the Seaport, where artificial intelligence, research, and development will be priorities.

The company now has about 1,200 workers in the city, according to Rohit Prasad, a Boston-based vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa. Real estate analysts say it's unlikely that any company - even one as unconventional as Amazon - would put thousands of new employees in one city neighborhood even as they considered a huge corporate campus elsewhere in town, suggesting this expansion is either the start of a Seaport headquarters or a consolation prize.

"Our vibrant cities, which are home to some of the best talent in the world, are poised to attract premier investment that creates the jobs of tomorrow", Trudeau said. Amazon has stated that they will be filling over 3,000 new positions and the vast majority will be focusing on the technology and business.


The major increase in staff will require more work space and Amazon will provide that with a new, 416,000 square foot Development Centre in Vancouver.

The engineers based in the Boston area primarily focus on Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and Audible.

A decision on HQ2 is expected later this year.

Amazon shares ended the US Monday trading session in the red as Jeff Bezos' firm announced plans to expand its Vancouver tech hub.

Amazon first opened offices in MA in 2011.

Rather than open an office north of the American border and immediately rush back below to hire Americans, Klugen believes Amazon will first look locally before going to other Canadian cities such as Ottawa, Waterloo and Toronto.

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