Amazon announced today that they are going to open a new 38,000 square metre office tower at the old post office and it will go fully online by 2022. In the meantime, Canada launched a fast-track visa program for highly skilled workers a year ago, which indeed, may very well have something to do with Amazon's decision on Vancouver.
"In just a few years, we've grown from a handful of software developers and scientists to a team of more than 1,200, inventing new capabilities and products on behalf of millions of customers around the world", said Rohit Prasad, Amazon's VP and head scientist for Alexa.
Its Canadian hiring spree, according to the prime minister, is "a testament to Canada's highly skilled, diverse workforce and tremendous potential as an innovation and tech hub".
The expansion into a new 430,000-square-foot office in Seaport Square will double Amazon's tech workforce in Boston and surrounding areas adding 2,000 new jobs to the existing 3,500 in the area, CBS4 reported. Last November, it announced it would add 1,000 workers at another downtown site set to open in 2020.
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Prime Minister Trudeau was also in attendance and said there are many reasons why industry giants such as Amazon choose to settle and grow in Canada.
Amazon plans to turn its Vancouver, British Columbia facility into one of the retail giant's largest research and development centers. "We are home to the fastest growing, most resilient and greenest economy in Canada and Amazon's major expansion in our city means more long-term jobs for people who want to live, work and build a future in Vancouver".
On Monday, Amazon announced plans for a new 416,000-square-foot office in Vancouver, B.C. There are plans to employ 3,000 more workers across similar fields as in Boston.
"Are we going to have people that Amazon is going to be able to hire, and I say absolutely yes", Simon Fraser University cloud computing professor Bill Klug said.