This will be Amazon's third and largest permanent office in the city after its 91,000-sq-ft TELUS Garden office and its new nine storey, 150,000 sq. ft. office building now being built at 402 Dunsmuir Street.
As a result, the move will bring as many as 3,000 total new jobs in related tech fields to the region.
Amazon now employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver who work on the company's retail and AWS products, in addition to human resources technology. They operate out of the TELUS garden building and other locations throughout the Lower Mainland. The company expects to employ 5,000 people in Vancouver in the coming years.
"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", Amazon Canada VP Alexandre Gagnon said in a prepared statement. Additionally in Vancouver, the human resources technology team helps build the HR, recruiting and employee management software systems that support Amazon's global workforce of over 560,000 employees. Candidates interested in applying for open roles at Amazon's Vancouver Tech Hub can do it here.
Prime Minister Trudeau was also in attendance and said there are many reasons why industry giants such as Amazon choose to settle and grow in Canada. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.