Amazon expands Alexa hub in Boston with 2000 new jobs

Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver tech hub and create 3,000 new high-tech jobs. CBC Canada is reporting the 3,000 new positions will be focused on e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning. "Canadians share your passion for invention and your commitment to excellence - and that's why we are excited to see Amazon grow here in Vancouver". Even without large subsidies, Amazon's second headquarters would drive up the already high cost of housing in Boston, overburden crowded roads and rail lines, and gobble up scarce labor, some critics worry.

"Today's announcement is a testament to Canada's highly-skilled, diverse workforce and tremendous potential as an innovation and tech hub", said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was on hand for today's announcement.

The company has long based much of its Alexa and Audible teams at a growing office in Kendall Square, and has beefed up its Amazon Web Services and robotics development teams here in recent years.

Amazon will expand into 430,000 square feet in WS Development's Seaport project - a 7.6 million square feet development transforming along the waterfront - and plans to open the doors of its new office in 2021.

Amazon's new office is expected to open in 2022.

Amazon plans to bring thousands of tech jobs to Boston as part of a major expansion into the Seaport District. Last November, it announced it would add 1,000 workers at another downtown site set to open in 2020. The company expects to have approximately 5,000 employees in Vancouver in the near future, GeekWire reports.

"There are many reasons why industry giants like Amazon choose to settle and grow in Canada", he said.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in an interview on Monday that Amazon did not receive any concessions from municipal governments to encourage the development.

  • Valerie Cook