Amazon may not be building an HQ in Toronto, but it is hiring for over 600 jobs in its Scarborough fulfillment centre.
According to the tech giant, the new one million sq. ft. facility will be Amazon’s twelfth fulfillment centre in Canada, and seventh in Ontario, alongside existing Ontario operations facilities in Brampton, Mississauga, Milton, Caledon, and Ottawa.
Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 full-time associates in Ontario, and an additional 1,000 employees at its two Toronto tech hub locations, states a release.
“We’re excited to welcome Amazon’s first fulfillment centre in the City of Toronto and the more than 600 new, good jobs that will be created in Scarborough,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “This new facility, in addition to Amazon’s growing Tech Hub in our city’s downtown, shows that Amazon is continuing to invest in Toronto and the incredible workforce we have here.”
Vibhore Arora, Director of Regional Operations of Amazon Canada, said the company is also excited about the growth in Toronto.
“The Greater Toronto Area has a talented workforce, and we are committed to providing the area with job opportunities that have great pay and benefits,” said Arora.
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Those hired at the new robotics facility will pick, pack, and ship small items to customers ranging from toys and baby products to small electronics.
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages including medical, vision and dental coverage, a group RRSP plan, stock awards, and performance-based bonuses starting on day one, the company said.
“Business is booming in Ontario and today’s announcement by Amazon is further proof that our plan is working to make Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford, in a statement. “We welcome Amazon’s continued investment in our province, and we will continue to make Ontario the best place for businesses to invest, grow, and create jobs for people.”
In total, Amazon employs more than 10,000 people working at fulfillment centres, corporate offices, development centres, and other facilities throughout Canada in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec.
In 2018, Amazon announced plans to create more than 6,000 new jobs across the country.