As one of the most significant employers in the country, including among tech roles, Amazon recently released a report on its impact throughout Canada.
“Our 2022 Amazon Canada Impact Report illustrates how we use our scale, technology, resources, and passion to generate economic benefits and vitality—through our investments in local communities, sustainability initiatives, creative industries, and more,” the company states.
The web and commerce titan has grown its various facilities—from innovation hubs and corporate quarters to fulfillment centres and delivery stations—to nearly 70 across the nation.
Recent developments North of the border include Amazon’s most advanced robotics facility yet: YOW3, situated in Ottawa’s Barrhaven neighbourhood.
The only facility of its kind in Canada, YOW3 will create more than 2,500 jobs and offer an opportunity for employees to work alongside some of the company’s most cutting-edge technology.
“We are proud of our impact on the local economy and remain focused on using our collaborative and innovative spirit to strengthen our investments in Canada over the long term,” the Amazon report reads.
Amazon now employees more than 40,000 Canadian workers combined, according to the report. This includes at least 8,000 technical and corporate roles, most which orient around the firm’s two primary Canadian tech hubs: Vancouver and Toronto.
“Amazon’s Toronto and Vancouver Tech Hubs are where corporate and technology employees working across a number of business teams invent and collaborate on behalf of customers,” the report explains.
In BC, more than 10,000 are employed by Amazon, including more than 4,500 within the Tech Hub ecosystem.
Amazon has invested in developing “strong and diverse local talent pools while helping Canadian communities grow their emerging tech workforce,” according to a statement from the company.
The company continues to hire for various roles in BC, the report affirms.
Jobs at Amazon’s Vancouver Tech Hub—which currently employs more than its Toronto counterpart—include software development engineers, user experience designers, speech scientists working on Alexa, cloud computing solutions architects, and sales and marketing executives.