Amazon to add 3000 tech jobs in Vancouver, Canada

Canada Post building

Update: Retail giant Amazon has announced it's expanding its Vancouver tech hub with a new office that will employ another 3,000 people in the city.

The company has long based much of its Alexa and Audible teams at a growing office in Kendall Square, and has beefed up its Amazon Web Services and robotics development teams here in recent years. The new Amazon office is scheduled to open in 2021.

The company is opening a 430,000-square-foot office in WS Development's Seaport Square project - a 7.6 million-square-foot development along the waterfront.

The plan is unrelated to Amazon's search for a second headquarters that attracted 238 bids from 43 USA states, as well as from Washington and Puerto Rico, six Canadian provinces, and three Mexican states.

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As a result, the move will bring as many as 3,000 total new jobs in related tech fields to the region.

Amazon plans to retain the architectural features of the old Canada Post sorting facility on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.

Boston is considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters. And on top of Monday's announcement, in November a year ago, Amazon announced it would be expanding into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020.

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. In documents included with Vancouver's HQ2 proposal, the authors noted that the city had "the lowest wages of all North American tech hubs". The company expects to have approximately 5,000 employees in Vancouver in the near future, GeekWire reports. "I've loved working here as we've continued to grow", said Rebecca McKnight, an Amazon software development engineer, during Monday's announcement.

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