Amazon expands its Vancouver Tech Hub

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Amazon's current Boston technology employees mostly work on Alexa, Amazon Web Services and Audible, the company said. The positions will include cloud computing and speech science, according to CNBC. 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.

Amazon now employs over 6,000 people across Canada, with 1,000 of them based in Vancouver at the company's Telus Garden location, which opened in 2015. And last November, Amazon announced planed to add another downtown site in 2020 with 1,000 workers.

Amazon's new Boston tech hub. "Amazon would not have expanded their labour force here in Vancouver if they didn't think the talent didn't already exist or that they could get the talent from other parts of Canada".

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"We are home to the fastest growing, most resilient and greenest economy in Canada and Amazon's major expansion in our city means more long-term jobs for people who want to live, work and build a future in Vancouver", Robertson added. "I've loved working here as we've continued to grow", said Rebecca McKnight, an Amazon software development engineer, during Monday's announcement. Amazon's customer fulfillment associates can also take advantage of its innovative Career Choice program, which pays 95 per cent of the cost of tuition to pursue continuing education courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. The move will see 3,000 new jobs created at the facility across a variety of tech roles.

Premier John Horgan said Amazon's expansion in Vancouver is evidence that the province is a sound place to invest, though that has been questioned in connection with B.C.'s legal action involving the Trans Mountain expansion as it asks its highest court to determine whether it has authority to control shipments of diluted bitumen through the province.

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