Amazon Canada on Monday pledged to create 3,000 high-tech jobs in Vancouver as part of its planned office expansion meant to bolster the company's operations in the country and build on the existing 6,000 full-time positions Canadian workers are presently filling. The concept render seen above is meant to illustrate how Amazon's new Vancouver Tech Hub will look like once its development is completed in 2022. The Seattle, Washington-based e-commerce giant previously opened 156,000 square feet worth of office space in the TELUS garden three years ago. Besides the new tech center, the company announced it will be expanding its operations to a downtown location on Dunsmuir Street, with that particular development being expected to be completed by 2020. Amazon is estimating it will employ some 5,000 Vancouver-based corporate workers in the near future.
The move was announced at a dedicated Monday event attended by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the site of the future tech hub spanning 416,000 square feet. Amazon is presently employing approximately 1,000 engineers and researchers in Vancouver, with its experts working on both e-commerce and cloud solutions. Its aggressive expansion strategy is hence reflecting on its headcount as much as it's impacting the overall diversity of the company's operations, with such a business model now paying dividends after 23 years and Amazon posting record growth and commercial performance across the board. The company's global workforce presently numbers some 560,000 employees and is expected to continue increasing in volume moving forward.
The firm's strong diversification has most recently encompassed mobile gaming and technologies such as household robots, as per previous reports. While its commitments to Canada have been steadily increasing in recent years, Amazon is presently also in the process of pushing for major expansions in a number of other foreign markets, with India still being one of its top priorities and largest challenges due to the growing local threat posed by Flipkart. Amazon was even said to have been considering taking a stake in the Indian e-commerce platform earlier this year but is unlikely to do so, especially as its rival Walmart is reportedly both willing to do the same and has better chances of actually having such an investment approved by India's antitrust watchdogs.