Amazon plans Vancouver, BC, Boston growth

Amazon has unveiled plans for a major expansion in Boston's Seaport District
Amazon has unveiled plans for a major expansion in Boston's Seaport District. | AP file
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03 May, 2018

Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver tech hub and create 3,000 new high-tech jobs. Jobs will include positions in e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning.

"Today's announcement is proof that Canada is in the right place to shape the future", said Trudeau.

"Amazon's significant presence at The Post marks a defining moment for Vancouver's growing knowledge sector and an important catalyst for B.C.'s economy", said Dennis Lopez, QuadReal's chief executive officer.

Amazon's new office in Boston's Seaport District will create 2,000 tech jobs in the city.

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The plan is unrelated to Amazon's search for a second headquarters that attracted 238 bids from 43 US states, as well as from Washington and Puerto Rico, six Canadian provinces, and three Mexican states. "And while these tech investments are important to Vancouver, there is lots of potential for a broader, long-term collaboration between Amazon and the existing ecosystem of digital entertainment & interactive industries".

The tech giant announced Tuesday that it's doubling its technology workforce in Boston with an estimated 2,000 new hires and expanding into 430,000 square feet in WS Development's Seaport project, a massive development on the Boston waterfront. And last November, Amazon announced planed to add another downtown site in 2020 with 1,000 workers. Since Donald Trump became president with the pledge to create thousands of new jobs, USA companies have been eager to tout hiring plans even if they've been previously announced.

The second headquarters would bring 50,000 jobs to the winning city, said Amazon, which promised to spend $5 billion on its construction.

"I want to highlight Amazon's commitment to recruiting top talent from our universities and give students the opportunity to have a direct impact on the evolution of their technologies at an early stage of their career", Trudeau said, speaking at a press conference.


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