Amazon to open a new Vancouver office in 2022

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Sarkis has been keeping an eye on the potential of Amazon selecting Boston.

Amazon is still narrowing down candidates for its highly coveted second headquarters, but it's picked the city of Boston for an expanded tech hub to support its machine learning, cloud computing, and robotics efforts. However, this latest expansion is focused on its Vancouver tech hub and is created to foster more innovation and technical creativity.

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.

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. In June 2017, Amazon opened a corporate office in Toronto and in November 2017, the company confirmed plans to open a second Vancouver office in 2020, bringing another 1,000 jobs to the city.

Seattle was a city of about 3 million people - roughly on par with the population of Greater Vancouver - before Amazon's workforce exploded from about 5,000 workers in 2010 to about 40,000 today, helping turn it into one of the fastest-growing USA cities, said Terrazas.

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The company now has about 1,200 workers in the city, according to Rohit Prasad, a Boston-based vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa.

Amazon's teams based in the Boston metropolitan area primarily focus on Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and Audible.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in unison with a number of Amazon executives, announced that the world's leading ecommerce company will be expanding its footprint in Vancouver with the creation of a new 416,000 square foot facility. Amazon's customer fulfillment associates can also take advantage of its innovative Career Choice program, which pays 95 per cent of the cost of tuition to pursue continuing education courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

"With this bold investment, Vancouver just locked in the silver medal in the race for Amazon HQ2", said Sean Elbe, Sector Development Manager, Technology at Vancouver Economic Commission.

Amazon first opened offices in MA in 2011. Amazon employed about 566,000 full- and part-time employees worldwide at the end of December, and on Monday announced it was hiring 3,000 people in Vancouver. Over the past five years, the company has invested more than $100 billion in the USA, including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its employees.

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