Amazon bringing 3000 new tech jobs to Vancouver

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Justin Trudeau to make major announcement about Amazon in Vancouver

The new Amazon office is scheduled to open in 2021.

"Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in Greater Boston", Rohit Prasad, a Boston-based vice president and head scientist of Alexa, said in a statement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is surrounded by Amazon employees as he announces Amazon will be creating 3,000 jobs during a press conference on April 30, 2018 in Vancouver.

"Vancouver is home to an incredibly talented and diverse workforce, and these thousands of new employees will invent on behalf of our customers worldwide."

The plan announced on Monday will see Amazon expand into a 416,000-square-foot skyscraper being built into a Canada Post plant, which was opened in 1958 and designated as an historic site by Heritage Vancouver. Last November, it announced it would add 1,000 workers at another downtown site set to open in 2020. "Amazon's future here in Vancouver is very bright".

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Boston is considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters.

"Because they (Amazon) know at the current time, Canada may be more friendly to bringing in more immigrants with technical skills to help fill these positions", he said.

Its Canadian hiring spree, according to the prime minister, is "a testament to Canada's highly skilled, diverse workforce and tremendous potential as an innovation and tech hub".

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. Should Amazon expand its Seaport offices and lease an additional 610,000 square feet of commercial space, which would house an additional 2,000 workers, it will receive an additional $5 million property-tax breaks. "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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