Ottawa is set to become home to Amazon’s latest fulfillment centre, as the latter has announced today plans to build a 1-million square foot facility, located in the suburb of Orléans.
This new Ottawa fulfillment centre will bring over 600 full-time jobs to the city, according to Amazon, and marks the fifth fulfillment centre in Ontario, which combined employ over 2,000 full-time employees.
“Ontario continues to be a great place for Amazon to do business and we look forward to adding a fulfillment centre in the National Capital Region,” said Glenn Sommerville, Director of Amazon Operations in Canada, in a statement. “Our ability to expand in Ontario and create more than 600 new jobs is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce. Amazon is committed to providing great opportunities for employment and creating a positive economic impact for the region.”
The fulfillment centre project, being developed by Broccolini, will see associates pick, pack and ship large items from retail categories such as household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.
Amazon says they employ over 6,000 employees in Canada across their fulfillment centres, corporate offices, development centres and other facilities.
“We applaud Amazon for making this investment and, we look forward to doing our part to help other top employers create and protect good jobs in our province. Ontario is open for business,” said Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, in a press release.
The development of the project will also see the creation of 1,500 construction jobs.
Full-time warehouse associate positions—such as this job posting in Mississauga—start at $14.40 per hour and include health care benefits starting on the first day, holiday and overtime pay, paid time off, restricted stock units, maternity and parental leave benefits, employee discount and also flexible work schedules for those in school.
Last fall, Amazon announced it was building a new fulfillment centre in Calgary, while also said it has plans for a new office set to launch in downtown Vancouver by 2020.