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Amazon Plans Vancouver Expansion Where Talent Is Cheap

(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. expects to nearly triple its workforce in Vancouver, where software engineers are cheap, smart and plentiful.



a large body of water with a city in the background: Boats travel in False Creek near the downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Canada is scheduled to release gross domestic product (GDP) figures on June 28.


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Boats travel in False Creek near the downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Canada is scheduled to release gross domestic product (GDP) figures on June 28.

The online retail giant plans to occupy a bunker-like former Canada Post mailing center that’s being redeveloped into a new 1.1 million square-foot office to house 8,000 jobs by 2023, Jesse Dougherty, a vice president and Vancouver site lead at Amazon, said by phone. Currently, the company has 2,700 full-time employees at its city hub. It also plans to add 500 jobs in Toronto, according to a statement released Monday.

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A weak loonie, lower wages and a steady flow of graduates make Canada an attractive place to expand for tech companies whose largest expense is labor.

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Amazon Plans Vancouver Expansion Where Talent Is Cheap and Smart

Views Of Vancouver Ahead Of GDP Figures

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. expects to nearly triple its workforce in Vancouver, where software engineers are cheap, smart and plentiful.

The online retail giant plans to occupy a bunker-like former Canada Post mailing center that’s being redeveloped into a new 680,000 square-foot office to house 8,000 jobs by 2023, Jesse Dougherty, a vice president and Vancouver site lead at Amazon, said by phone. Currently, the company has 2,700 full-time employees at its city hub. It also plans to add 500 jobs in Toronto, according to a statement released Monday.

A weak loonie, lower wages and a steady flow of graduates make Canada an attractive place to expand for tech companies whose largest expense is labor.

The average wage of a software developer in Vancouver last year was $92,726, compared to $141,785 in San Francisco or $128,067 in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, according to a July report

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Vancouver farmers markets offer online ordering and delivery

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“An online market is super-important,” said Clements. That has become more evident during COVID-19 as restrictions and infection fears keep customers from their usual shopping routines.

So the farm school signed up with B.C. Local Root, which offers to sell and deliver goods for the dozens of vendors who normally sell their produce and products at one of six Vancouver summer markets.

Vancouver Farmers Market entered into the partnership with B.C. Local Root to give shoppers a third option to shop at the six summer and two winter markets, said Laura Smit, VFM’s interim executive director.

She said COVID-19 restrictions have cut in-person traffic to the markets by 50 per cent at some of the locations and online ordering was left up to individual vendors, who may or may not offer delivery. B.C. Local Root offers a centralized online system that would allow shoppers to choose items

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Developers plan mixed-use site at former HP campus in east Vancouver

At its peak in the 1990s, the former HP corporate campus in east Vancouver was one of the busiest office sites in the city, hosting more than 2,500 employees. But the company’s local employee count fell steeply in the following decade, culminating in HP’s 2009 decision to move to a smaller office and sell the campus to silicon wafer manufacturer SEH America.

Since then, the campus certainly hasn’t languished — it’s become a primary or satellite home for a variety of tenants, such as telecom company Allstream and engineering firm Sigma Design — but it also hasn’t managed to recapture the level of occupancy and activity that it once enjoyed.

Marc Esrig and Ron Schinik say they have a plan to change that.

The two real estate developers announced this summer that they had reached a deal to acquire the property through their New York-based development firm New Blueprint Partners.

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