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Amazon doubles its BC workforce

In its hunger for new workers, Amazon is doubling down on Vancouver, B.C. Global companies like Amazon see Canada as a strong place to invest because of our talented workforce and focus on innovation - that's translating into more jobs for people in Vancouver.

Amazon isn't the only Seattle-area tech giant with a significant presence in Vancouver.

The new 150,000 sq. ft. office space will add 1,000 employees to the city, increasing Amazon's local office workforce from 1,000 to 2,000.

Amazon says about 90 percent of its current employees in Vancouver are software engineers.

In September, Horgan announced the province would be backing a joint bid involving Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Vancouver's leading the way with the fastest growing, most resilient and greenest economy in Canada, and companies from all over the world, like Amazon, are moving to Vancouver with well-paying jobs to be a part of our success".

Until the new office building is complete, Amazon is expected to meet its growing office space needs by temporarily occupying most of WeWork's new office-sharing space at the Bentall III office building.

Amazon, which said in its latest quarterly report that it employs 541,900 people worldwide, now sports a Canadian headcount of more than 5,000 spread across sites in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

The announcement comes with Amazon on the hunt for a North American city to house what it calls HQ2: a second headquarters. Amazon will announce the location of HQ2 next year. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry.



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