Although Vancouver lost a bid to become the home of the headquarters for an American e-commerce giant, the company announced some major development plans for its offices here.
In 2018, Amazon had announced that it hoped to occupy 416,000 square feet at the redeveloped Canada Post building, or the Post, in Vancouver. Today (September 28), it announced it will expand to encompass over 680,000 square feet to become the only corporate tenant of the complex.
The Seattle-based company will lease 18 floors in the North Tower and 17 floors in the South Tower. The historic facade of the building will be preserved. Meanwhile in Toronto, the company will lease 130,000 square feet, comprised of five floors, at a new officer tower on York Street.
In addition to the expanded physical space, slated to be completed by 2023, the company will be hiring up to 3,000 employees in Vancouver (as previously announced in 2018), with an additional 500 employees in Toronto, for new positions that will support business teams across Canada, including AWS, Alexa, Amazon Advertising, Retail, and Operations Technology.
Almost 800 tech and corporate positions are already available.
Forthcoming positions will include software development engineers, user experience designers, speech scientists (for Alexa), cloud computing solutions architects, sales and marketing executives, and more.
In April 2018, Amazon revealed its plans to move into the Post, the former Canada Post building on Georgia Street between Homer and Hamilton.
Amazon has invested over $11 billion in Canada since 2010, creating approximately 67,000 jobs, and has over 21,000 employees (full- and part-time) across the country.
Unfortunately, major e-commerce companies are having an adverse impact on local businesses due to rising industrial land values.
Amazon has also signed a deal for 453,650 square feet of space for a distribution centre at 4189 Salish Way on Tsawwassen First Nation land. It’s the largest leasing deal and the third Amazon fulfilment centre in Metro Vancouver.
In other corporate expansion news this year in Vancouver, Mastercard announced in January that it will launch a $510-million cybersecurity centre in Downtown Vancouver. Meanwhile last week, news arose that Netflix is creating a major screen production hub at a film studio in Burnaby.