Amazon is expanding its Vancouver tech hub and bringing 3,000 new jobs to the city by 2022. Jobs will include positions in e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning. 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. "We are proud to champion these companies, who invest in our talent and the future of our economy, and create new opportunities for Canadians to succeed". "Canadians share your passion for invention and your commitment to excellence, and that's why we are excited to see Amazon grow here in Vancouver", Trudeau said.
Amazon bought Kiva Systems, a robotics company based in the Boston suburb of North Reading, in 2012.
The online retail giant uses its Boston base to focus on developing its digital assistant Alexa, as well as Amazon Web Services and audiobook seller Audible.
To accommodate all the new employees, Amazon will expand into a 430,000-square-foot space on Boston's waterfront.
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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.
Amazon plans to bring thousands of tech jobs to Boston as part of a major expansion into the Seaport District.
Amazon first opened offices in MA in 2011. On top of Monday's announcement, Amazon also confirmed last November its plans to expand into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. Since Donald Trump became president with the pledge to create thousands of new jobs, US companies have been eager to tout hiring plans even if they've been previously announced. Amazon said it expects to grow to 5,000 corporate employees in Vancouver in the coming years. Amazon is expected to announce the location of its HQ2 later in 2018.