Amazon adding 3000 high-tech jobs with Vancouver tech hub expansion

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A concept design of Amazon's new tech hub in Boston. "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 plans to turn its Vancouver, B.C., outpost into one of the retail giant's largest research and development centers.

"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", said Alexandre Gagnon, vice president of Amazon Canada and Amazon Mexico.

He noted that Amazon has had considerable success recruiting and hiring Canadians - a mix of experienced coders, university graduates and people who have chosen to live and work in Canada. With state-of-the-art amenities and an easily accessible location for its employees, the new Development Centre will sit above a city landmark. The general manager of web services Jesse Dougherty said the new corporate positions will be focused on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning.

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To accommodate all the new employees, Amazon will expand into a 430,000-square-foot space on Boston's waterfront.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was present at the announcement to mark the company's latest investment in Canada, "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". And on top of Monday's announcement, in November past year, Amazon announced it would be expanding into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020.

Boston is among a list of 20 finalists to land Amazon's second headquarters, which would create about 50,000 new jobs and cost more than $5 billion.

The Seattle company on Monday announced its second expansion in Vancouver in six months, disclosing plans to occupy a third of a massive new downtown redevelopment of a former post office building.

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