Vancouver, Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday Amazon's plan to expand its Vancouver tech hub by adding 3,000 new jobs by 2022 , media reports said.
Last November, Amazon confirmed plans to open another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street in 2020.
In the bid put by Vancouver to host Amazon's proposed new corporate base, HQ2, last year, the city considered as the best value option with the best location, with its proximity to Seattle for what would be the company's second North American base.
The West Coast city ultimately failed to make the short list of cities; Toronto was the only Canadian city to make the first cut.
Its new tech hub with focus on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning reportedly will be at the old Canada Post building at 349 West Georgia Street.
A revamped site expected to open by 2022 would habitate the staff from city's old Canada Post building on West Georgia Street.
It was reportedly stated that 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 Trudeau who along with Alexandre Gagnon, Amazon's vice-president for Canadian operations was present at the announcement of the future Amazon site on Monday morning.
About 1,000 people in Vancouver at several sites were already employed by Amazon and Gagnon said the announcement was a "milestone" for the company.
Currently, around 6,000 people for Amazon across Canada, with 1,000 of them based in Vancouver at several sites, including the company's Telus Garden location on Georgia St. downtown, which opened in 2015.
Marlos C. Machado, former PhD intern at IBM research had tweeted,
'That's great news for the AI community in Canada! Amazon is expanding its Vancouver tech hub with a new headquarters! Edmonton lost the competition for those headquarters but I'm glad it ended up in Canada.'
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)