Amazon to expand Vancouver tech hub, create 3000 new jobs

Amazon to expand Vancouver tech hub, create 3000 new jobs

The office will be a 430,000-square-foot space in the WS Development project on Seaport Boulevard. Currently, the company's Vancouver workers produce new products and services for the company's worldwide retail business and Amazon Web Services.

Combined with 1,000 new Amazon jobs announced in November, this will bring the company's total employment across Canada to 9,000.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called the expansion "great news" for the city.

The Boston area remains on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarters, with $5 billion in infrastructure investments and 50,000 high-paying jobs expected for that location when it is chosen later this year, CBS4 reported. Toronto made the shortlist of twenty cities under active consideration to be the possible home of the new Amazon headquarters referred to as HQ2.

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In addition, an uncertain future for immigration and work visas in the US brought on by the current White House administration means Amazon may look overseas before hiring Americans, Klugen said. Additionally in Vancouver, the human resources technology team helps build the HR, recruiting and employee management software systems that support Amazon's global workforce of over 560,000 employees. Amazon's customer fulfillment associates can also take advantage of its innovative Career Choice initiative, which prepays 95 percent of the cost of tuition to pursue continuing education courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have used the job-retraining program globally. Its new building, set to begin construction later this year and open in 2021, would mark the company's biggest presence to date, and comes as Amazon opens a new office in nearby Fort Point.

"It's no joke for any metro when Amazon comes in, especially in a mid-market city", says Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at real estate portal Zillow Group Inc., which calculates Seattle rental prices increased by 50 percent and home values almost doubled since Amazon's start as a bookseller in the mid-1990s. In 2016, the company opened a fulfillment center in Fall River, Massachusetts, that employs more than one thousand workers.

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