Amazon expands its Vancouver Tech Hub

Amazon To Create 3,000 High Tech Jobs At Vancouver Tech Hub

"Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in greater Boston", said Rohit Prasad, Amazon's, Vice President and Head Scientist of Amazon Alexa, who is based in the Boston area.

Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to its research and development office in Boston, the company announced Tuesday, confirming reports that the retailer would move into a new waterfront complex in the city. The new facility is in addition to Amazon's current offices in Vancouver that includes its 156,000 square-foot location in TELUS Garden which opened to Amazon employees in 2015.

"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. But other sites are being considered as well, including one in the neighboring city of Somerville.

"This new project, being developed by QuadReal and scheduled to be completed in 2022, will preserve the building's architectural heritage while reimaging it as a sustainable developed mixed-use project". Amazon could get another $5 million tax break if they lease a second building and bring in an additional 2,000 workers.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says 52,000 units are either already being build or are going through the permitting process, but he'd like to see more. Amazon began negotiating the lease on the development with the city earlier this year.




Whether HQ2 comes to the Boston area or not, more growth from the e-commerce giant was well-received by elected officials. The company offers a wide range of programs to equip job seekers with the skills for new, in-demand, high-paying jobs - from paid cloud computing apprenticeships specifically designed for military veterans to its Amazon Technical Academy, a program that helps employees gain the fundamental coding and problem solving skills necessary to transition into software engineering roles within the company.

Further expansion for Amazon in Canada may also be in the offing.

In November, the company announced 1,000 new tech jobs at its Vancouver office. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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