US e-commerce giant Amazon has announced that it will expand its technology development activities in Vancouver, bringing an additional 3,000 jobs to its existing tech hub in the city.
The jobs will fill roles in e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning.
“Vancouver is home to an incredibly talented and diverse workforce, and these thousands of new employees will invent on behalf of our customers worldwide,” said Alexandre Gagnon, Vice President of Amazon Canada and Mexico.
With offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa, the company has employed over 6,000 people in Canada, ranging from customer fulfillment associates to researchers and software engineers.
Most of these employees are working to enhance the customer experience in areas such as mobile shopping, delivery experience, payment options, and Alexa. They include those employed by its cloud services unit, Amazon Web Service (AWS).
Additionally, in Vancouver, the human resources technology team helps build the HR, recruiting, and employee management software systems that support the company’s global workforce.
“Tech talent and investment are coming to our country in record numbers, and companies like Amazon are bringing even more energy, vision – and thousands of good jobs – to Canada,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement.
Vancouver is also one of many global cities bidding to host Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, which is certain to create at least 10,000 jobs a provide a huge boost to the local economy.
However, Amazon may be more seriously considering Toronto as a location for its second headquarters, according to an update by Trudeau.
The company was recently ranked the fourth most desirable company to work for in Canada by LinkedIn.