Vancouver can accommodate Amazon's hiring needs; computer systems prof

Kerry GarnerMay 03, 2018

The new site will site above the former Canada Post building, a city landmark serving postal needs.

The technology giant is expanding its team focused on Alexa and Audible, opening an office in Boston's Seaport. "Environmental strategies will be employed at all stages of construction and operation, making the Post a benchmark for responsible and financially prudent development", said Remco Daal, president, Canadian Real Estate, QuadReal.

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. Those jobs will be in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computer, and robotics engineering. 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.

Amazon formally announced Tuesday plans to expand its presence in MA.

Seattle-based Amazon opened its first Vancouver office in 2015 and now has more than 1,000 employees, mostly software developers.

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Along with an office in the Back Bay, a robotics facility in North Reading and a massive distribution center in Fall River, the company has added 3,500 jobs in MA since 2011, with these 2,000 more to come.

The company is expected to announce its second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2, sometime this year, with Toronto as the only Canadian city among the list of 20 finalists.

"Our vibrant cities, which are home to some of the best talent in the world, are poised to attract premier investment that creates the jobs of tomorrow", Trudeau said.

Amazon, which employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver, in November announced a lease that, from 2020, would give the company space for an additional 2,000 workers. The company expects to have approximately 5,000 employees in Vancouver in the near future, GeekWire reports.

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