It’s still a mystery whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaigning on Canada’s behalf had any positive effect on Amazon’s decision regarding the e-commerce giant’s forthcoming second headquarters, although Toronto remains on the list of possible locations. However, Amazon still has a strong presence in the nation, and that will only increase with the latest plans for a new fulfillment centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
According to The Globe and Mail, the facility will focus on the packing and shipping of large retail objects, particularly gardening tools and home decor. Amazon plans to hire 600 Canadians for the centre’s workforce.
In an official statement, Glenn Sommerville, Amazon’s director of Canadian operations, extolled the virtues of Ontario and the city of Ottawa.
“Our ability to expand in Ontario and create more than 600 new jobs is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce,” Sommerville stated. “Amazon is committed to providing great opportunities for employment and creating a positive economic impact for the region.”
On an overall level, Canada saw a larger-than-expected jump in employment during June 2018 after a few months of relatively static growth for the labour market. Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey reported an increase of 32,000 jobs for the month, most of them in the construction industry.