Amazon plans to move into new office space in downtown Vancouver, and the online retailer plans to grow its workforce there from 1,000 today to 2,000 when the new location opens in 2020.
In its hunger for new workers, Amazon is doubling down on Vancouver, B.C.
The online retail giant Friday announced it would open a second corporate office in the city and staff it with an additional 1,000 employees, growth that is expected to bring the company’s headcount in British Columbia’s largest city to 2,000 workers when the new space opens in 2020.
Amazon says about 90 percent of its current employees in Vancouver are software engineers. Across Canada, Amazon has more than 5,000 full-time employees.
Vancouver, a relatively short drive and even shorter flight from Seattle, has grown into an increasingly important research and development outpost for Washington’s two largest technology companies.
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Earlier this week, Microsoft said it would add 50 workers to its recently expanded 800-person office downtown.
In addition to its proximity, Vancouver comes with Canada’s looser rules on foreign guest workers, which allows companies more leeway to bring in technology workers from overseas, primarily from Asia. Microsoft’s Vancouver-area outpost was founded in 2007 when the Redmond company grew frustrated with caps on the number of highly skilled workers it could bring to the U.S. from abroad.