Amazon is expanding in Vancouver again.
The Seattle tech giant today announced plans for a new 416,000 square-foot office in the Canadian city, with plans to employ an additional 3,000 people across fields like e-commerce, cloud computing, and machine learning. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Amazon execs and employees on Monday at the site of the new office, which will open in 2022 at QuadReal’s The Post redevelopment.
“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,” Trudeau said in a statement. “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.”
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Amazon currently employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver who work on the company’s retail and AWS products, in addition to human resources technology. In November it announced plans to expand a separate office at 402 Dunsmuir, in addition to another 156,000 square-foot location in TELUS Garden that opened in 2015. The company expects to employ 5,000 people in Vancouver in the coming years.
“I think Canadians also believe that every day is Day 1,” Trudeau said at Monday’s event, a nod to Amazon’s Day 1 mantra. “Generations of innovators, thinkers, and hard workers have made Canada what it is today: a country where new ideas are welcome, talent thrives, and creativity flourishes.”
Amazon first established a presence in Vancouver in 2013. The city, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, was a potential candidate for Amazon’s second headquarters, in part due to Canada’s pro-immigration policies. But Vancouver did not make the company’s list of 20 HQ2 finalists, which does include Toronto. Amazon employs more than 6,000 people in Canada.
Microsoft also has a sizable footprint in Vancouver; other Seattle-area companies like Zillow and Tableau have offices in the British Columbia city.
Last week, Seattle-based Kenmore Air and Vancouver’s Harbour Air began offering seaplane flights aimed at providing a shorter commute alternative for neighbors who are increasingly doing business together. Affectionately dubbed the “nerd bird,” it’s hoped the route will attract tech workers and researchers shuttling to offices and institutions in both cities.
The state of Washington also has a $300,000 budget to study a plan for fast trains connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. Microsoft kicked in $50,000 to the that study, and the British Columbia government added $300,000 as well.