Amazon maintains a strong presence across the globe as one of the most prominent companies, including in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, where the e-commerce giant was first established in 1994 by CEO Jeff Bezos. In late April 2018, Amazon announced its intent to create a new research and development facility in this area – one in Vancouver, with the potential to create more than 3,000 jobs.
The company already employs more than 1,000 individuals in Vancouver, largely as part of its Amazon Web Services subsidiary, in a wide variety of engineering and research positions. When the new facility debuts in 2022, within The Post redevelopment area, it will supplement Amazon’s current Vancouver headquarters and focus on fields such as machine learning, cloud computing and further advancements in e-commerce.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke highly of the potential that Amazon’s plans presented for the region in a release.
“Amazon’s decision to bring another 3,000 jobs to Vancouver is great news for our city’s booming innovation economy,” Robertson said. “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.”
This development could add some fuel to the fire of speculation regarding the possibility of Amazon having even bigger plans for further development in Canada. According to Fortune magazine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly advocated for Amazon to make Toronto its second headquarters since February 2018. In the same month, he also met with Bezos while touring a number of American metropolitan centers of industry and development, including Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in an effort to drum up support for renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.