As a result, the move will bring as many as 3,000 total new jobs in related tech fields to the region.
Amazon now has 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver. In addition to the 6,000 Canadians that are already employed by Amazon across the country.
Amazon already employs more than 6000 full-time workers across Canada, including more than 1000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver who primarily create new products and services for the company's worldwide retail and Amazon Web Services (AWS) businesses.
The structure's architectural heritage will be preserved, and the tower is expected to open in 2022, Dougherty said outside the former Canada Post building before Trudeau spoke. The city, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, was a potential candidate for Amazon's second headquarters, in part due to Canada's pro-immigration policies. Back in 2015, Amazon staked out a 156,000 square foot office space in TELUS Garden.
"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", Amazon Canada VP Alexandre Gagnon said in a prepared statement.
Mr. Robertson said Amazon's decision to expand would add to the increase of innovation and tech jobs in Vancouver. The company expects to employ 5,000 employs across the three offices. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have used the job-retraining program globally.
The new jobs will bring the company's workforce in Canada to over 9,000.
There are also tens of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses, authors, and entrepreneurs in Canada who are growing their businesses with tools like Marketplace, Fulfillment By Amazon, Kindle Direct Publishing, and AWS.
"Are we going to have people that Amazon is going to be able to hire, and I say absolutely yes", Simon Fraser University cloud computing professor Bill Klug said.
Trudeau said at a press conference in Vancouver that Amazon chose Canada for a number of reasons, including the availability of skilled labor talent.
Amazon will soon have an even bigger presence in Vancouver.