Today at a special event in Vancouver Amazon announced that the company has signed a lease for a new office in downtown Vancouver that will allow Amazon to double its workforce in the city from 1,000 to 2,000.
The office is scheduled to open in 2020 and will be Amazon’s second office in Vancouver.
Amazon also announced that its current Canadian workforce has grown to over 5,000 full-time, full-benefit employees across Canada, spanning sites in BC, Ontario and Quebec.
“Amazon is excited to continue growing our workforce throughout Canada,” said Alexandre Gagnon, Vice President of Amazon Canada and Mexico. “We are among the largest employers of software engineers in Canada and look forward to continuing to create new job opportunities for Canadians.”
In addition to its office in Vancouver, Amazon employs over 500 British Columbians at its fulfillment centres in Delta and New Westminster and also operates subsidiary Abebooks.com, based in Victoria.
“Vancouver’s innovation economy is booming and it’s exciting to have Amazon expand here, adding valuable job space for 1,000 more employees,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver’s leading the way with the fastest growing, most resilient and greenest economy in Canada, and companies from all over the world, like Amazon, are moving to Vancouver with well-paying jobs to be a part of our success.”