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In Canada, the Globe and Mail reports that Amazon “plans to create 3,000 new jobs in Vancouver as part of a complex that will be built in a former downtown Canada Post plant, a landmark building in a city that is pushing to be a high-tech hub.” The jobs there will be “focused on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning.”

Vancouver did not make the list of finalists being considered to be the site of Amazon’s promised second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2; Toronto is the non-US city to make that list. However, according to the story, Amazon “says it will expand its work force in B.C.’s largest city to 5,000 in coming years from its current 1,000. Across Canada, Amazon now has 6,000 full-time jobs in B.C., Ontario and Quebec.”

Jesse Dougherty, Amazon’s general manager of web services, made the announcement at an event that also was attended by Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Dougherty noted that “Amazon has had considerable success recruiting and hiring Canadians – a mix of experienced coders, university graduates and people who have chosen to live and work in Canada.”
KC's View:
I continue to believe that Toronto has an outside shot at getting HQ2 - it is great city, and Amazon might find it to be both welcoming and accepting of its highly diverse workforce. But this also suggests to me that maybe, even if HQ2 goes elsewhere, Amazon is likely to continue to expanding its presence north of the border.