Microsoft is expanding in Vancouver again, adding 500 technical development jobs to the city to grow its cloud business.
The company formally announced today the expansion of its workforce in the city, which will focus on building applications in Intelligent Communications, Office, Azure, OneDrive, Web Experiences, and mixed reality. These positions will be added this year.
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This will grow Microsoft’s presence within Vancouver to a total of 1,700 employees, and over 3,700 employees across the country.
Two years earlier, the company pre-leased all 75,000 sq ft of office space at the new 155 Water Street building in the Gastown district of downtown. This seven-storey building integrating heritage structures — developed by Low Tide Properties and local architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership — recently reached completion.
The Gastown office is about half the size of Microsoft’s 2016-opened, 142,000-sq-ft office within the CF Pacific Centre building, right above Nordstrom, at 1111 West Georgia Street. The firm has another office location at 858 Beatty Street, near BC Place Stadium at the edge of Yaletown.
In a statement, Ravi Kahlon, the BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation, says Microsoft’s expansion aligns with the continued efforts to expand the local tech industry and catalyze post-pandemic economic recovery.
“The expansion of Microsoft’s cloud services and its investment in building applications further establishes the Lower Mainland as a growing hub for technology and innovation. This is positive news for important sectors such as health care, education and agriculture that rely on digital infrastructure to modernize and attract talent. It provides B.C. companies a competitive advantage to grow and compete globally,” he said.
“Continued job growth in B.C. shows our plan to build an economic recovery that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive is working. This investment aligns with our government’s commitment to skill development and good-paying jobs for hard-working British Columbians.”
Microsoft also announced today it is opening its Data Innovation Centre of Excellence within its new downtown Toronto office.