Amazon Canada has announced it will launch a new 450,000 square-foot fulfillment centre in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, on Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) lands at Deltaport. This will be the company’s third fulfillment centre in the province, joining existing faculties in Delta and New Westminster.
According to Amazon, this new fulfillment centre in Tsawwassen will create 700 full-time jobs, joining the existing 800 jobs at their other two Lower Mainland fulfillment centres, and 1,500 at the company’s tech hub in Vancouver.
“Since first opening in British Columbia in 2012, we credit our exciting growth to the incredible customers and outstanding workforce of the Lower Mainland community,” said Glenn Sommerville, Director of Amazon Operations in Canada, in a statement. “Our ability to create over 700 good-paying jobs with great benefits is thanks to the network of support we’ve received from the Tsawwassen First Nation Executive Council, provincial and community leaders, and strong project partners dedicated to innovation.”
This will be Amazon’s tenth fulfillment centre in Canada, joining existing facilities in Alberta and Ontario. The company says it now employs over 7,000 people across Canada, and is currently hiring for the upcoming holiday season.
“Amazon is once again choosing British Columbia to create good jobs,” said British Columbia Premier John Horgan, in a statement. “This expansion will bring more opportunity for the people of Tsawwassen First Nation and the Lower Mainland. As Amazon does its part to keep B.C. growing, our government is doing its part by opening the doors of opportunity to more people, building the workforce of the future, and making sure our economy works for everyone.”
The new Tsawwassen fulfillment centre will see employees “pick, pack and ship customer items such as books, toys, small electronics and home goods.” Amazon says their full-time employees get “medical, vision and dental coverage, a group RRSP plan, stock awards, and performance-based bonuses starting on day one.”
“Tsawwassen First Nation welcomes Amazon to our Lands,” said Chief Bryce Williams. “This is a promising advancement that will continue to unlock the potential of TFN as a leading development partner and key economic driver in Metro Vancouver, and we thank our partners GWL Realty Advisors and HOOPP for their roles in bringing this exciting agreement to fruition,” added Williams.
The new Amazon fulfillment centre in Tsawwassen will be developed by GWL Realty Advisors.
Earlier this summer, Amazon announced it would be building a new fulfillment centre in the town of Caledon, in the Greater Toronto Area.