Amazon Canada announced Monday that it plans to expand its Vancouver Tech Hub and create an additional 3,000 jobs in fields including e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand for the announcement Monday morning at the site of Amazon’s future 416,000 square foot Development Centre in Vancouver.
“Canadians share your passion for invention and your commitment to excellence, and that’s why we are excited to see Amazon grow here in Vancouver,” Trudeau said.
“Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver,” Amazon Canada VP Alexandre Gagnon said in a prepared statement.
The online retail giant currently employs more than 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver, primarily creating new products and services for the company’s international retail business and Amazon Web Services.
The new headquarters will be located at Canada Post’s former locations on West Georgia Street and is expected to open by 2022.
Amazon currently employs around 6,000 people across Canada, with about 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver.