Amazon Is Turning Vancouver's Old Canada Post Building Into Their New HQ

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand Monday to announce that Amazon Inc. would be expanding its Vancouver operations to the tune of 3000 new jobs.

More jobs are coming to Vancouver, as Amazon has announced it plans to expand its Tech Hub in the city and add an additional 3,000 high tech jobs.

"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", said Alexandre Gagnon, Vice President of Amazon Canada and Mexico.

Amazon already employs more than 6000 full-time workers across Canada, including more than 1000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver who primarily create new products and services for the company's worldwide retail and Amazon Web Services (AWS) businesses. The company expects to employ 5,000 employs across the three offices.

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.

The new headquarters will be housed within a 416,000-square-foot tower built above the exisiting Canada Post building.

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The Government of Canada recently launched Invest in Canada, a new federal organization dedicated to attracting job-creating investment and simplifying the process for global businesses looking to make Canada their new home.

Amazon first established a presence in Vancouver in 2013.

Amazon is considering Toronto as a location for its second headquarters.

Amazon now employs around 6,000 people across Canada, with about 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver.

Microsoft also has a sizable footprint in Vancouver; other Seattle-area companies like Zillow and Tableau have offices in the British Columbia city.

However, the new office is expected to bring another 1,000 workers to the city by 2020.

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