Amazon is making a big investment in tech hubs across North America.
The e-commerce giant is expanding its Vancouver Tech Hub and creating an additional 3,000 jobs in fields including e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning.
The company also told the Star-Tribune that it plans to hire an additional 200 engineers and other IT workers for its tech hub in the Minneapolis where it now employs about 150 people. Amazon currently operates more than 12 tech offices around the U.S.in cities including New York City, Detroit and Austin, Texas.
To mark the company's latest investment in Canada, Amazon welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to an event with its Vancouver employees, at the site of its future 416,000 square foot Development Centre in Vancouver.
"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver," said Alexandre Gagnon, Vice President of Amazon Canada and Mexico. "Vancouver is home to an incredibly talented and diverse workforce, and these thousands of new employees will invent on behalf of our customers worldwide. Thank you to Prime Minister Trudeau, Mayor Robertson, and all our partners across Vancouver and Canada for welcoming us and helping to foster a strong local innovation economy."
"Our vibrant cities, which are home to some of the best talent in the world, are poised to attract premier investment that creates the jobs of tomorrow. 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," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Amazon currently employs more than 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver, primarily creating new products and services for the company's international retail business and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
As part of the retail operation, local employees work to enhance the customer experience in areas such as mobile shopping, delivery experience, payment options, and Alexa. AWS's teams in the Canadian city directly support local customers including Lululemon, BC Hydro, Vancouver International Airport, Unbounce, and Urthecast. 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.