For his part, Amazon vice president of Canada and Mexico Gagnon said the company was "excited" to create 3000 new "highly-skilled" jobs in Vancouver. "In just a few years, we've grown from a handful of software developers and scientists to a team of more than 1,200, inventing new capabilities and products on behavior of millions of customers around the world".
The corporate positions will focus on e-commerce, cloud-based systems and machine learning, according to Amazon, jobs which Klugen believes will only continue to increase in demand across the tech industry as more turn to cloud technologies.
The plan is unrelated to Amazon's search for a second headquarters that attracted 238 bids from 43 US states, as well as from Washington and Puerto Rico, six Canadian provinces, and three Mexican states.
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"Amazon's decision to bring another 3,000 jobs to Vancouver is great news for our city's booming innovation economy", said Mayor Gregor Robertson. Amazon began negotiating the lease on the development with the city earlier this year. The expansion would more than double the current number of workers it has in Boston.
Amazon unveiled plans on Tuesday for a major expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs even as the city remains in contention for the company's coveted second headquarters. However, the loss of skilled foreign workers at tech companies in the USA just adds to Canada's growing importance as a go-to country for technology and innovation.
"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. Amazon employed about 566,000 full- and part-time employees worldwide at the end of December, and on Monday announced it was hiring 3,000 people in Vancouver.