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Vancouver, Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): Seattle-based technology giant Amazon has announced plans to bring 1,000 new high tech jobs to Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.) by 2020, media reports said.
Last November, Amazon had reportedly confirmed plans to open another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street in 2020.
In Vancouver's bid to host Amazon's proposed new corporate base, HQ2, last year, the city was considered as the best value option with the best location.
Vancouver's proximity to Seattle (United States) the company's second North American base was another advantageous
The West Coast city failed to make the short list of cities; Toronto was the only Canadian city to make the first cut.
The new jobs will reportedly focus on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning.
With the revamped site expected to open by 2022, staff will be moved out of the city's old Canada Post building on West Georgia Street.
A statement said the space will be redeveloped, but the architecture will be preserved as a heritage initiative.
"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," said Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was present there for the announcement at the future Amazon site on Monday morning.
Alexandre Gagnon, Amazon's vice-president for Canadian operations was also present during the announcement and he said the announcement was a "milestone" for the company.
Currently out of 6,000 people employed for Amazon across Canada, 1,000 of them are reportedly based in Vancouver at several sites, including the company's Telus Garden location on Georgia St. downtown, which opened in 2015.