Amazon Plans Vancouver Expansion Where Talent Is Cheap

(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. expects to nearly triple its workforce in Vancouver, where software engineers are cheap, smart and plentiful.



a large body of water with a city in the background: Boats travel in False Creek near the downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Canada is scheduled to release gross domestic product (GDP) figures on June 28.


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Boats travel in False Creek near the downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Canada is scheduled to release gross domestic product (GDP) figures on June 28.

The online retail giant plans to occupy a bunker-like former Canada Post mailing center that’s being redeveloped into a new 1.1 million square-foot office to house 8,000 jobs by 2023, Jesse Dougherty, a vice president and Vancouver site lead at Amazon, said by phone. Currently, the company has 2,700 full-time employees at its city hub. It also plans to add 500 jobs in Toronto, according to a statement released Monday.

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A weak loonie, lower wages and a steady flow of graduates make Canada an attractive place to expand for tech companies whose largest expense is labor.

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