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Amazon formally announces expansion into Boston's Seaport, plan to create 2000 jobs

Amazon formally announces expansion into Boston's Seaport, plan to create 2000 jobs

In the meantime, Canada launched a fast-track visa program for highly skilled workers previous year, which indeed, may very well have something to do with Amazon's decision on Vancouver.

A day after Amazon announced it will add thousands of jobs in Vancouver, B.C. "Environmental strategies will be employed at all stages of construction and operation, making the Post a benchmark for responsible and financially prudent development", said Remco Daal, president, Canadian Real Estate, QuadReal.

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, meanwhile, called the announcement "great news for our city's booming innovation economy". Currently, the company's Vancouver workers produce new products and services for the company's worldwide retail business and Amazon Web Services.

Another major Canadian city, Toronto, is still in the running for Amazon's official second North American headquarters.

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The Seattle-based e-commerce giant plans to open a 430,000-square-foot (39,900-square-meter) office in Boston's Seaport waterfront development by 2021, bringing the company's total headcount in the Boston area to more than 3,500 full-time employees, Amazon said in a statement Tuesday. And on top of Monday's announcement, in November previous year, Amazon announced it would be expanding into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. Should Amazon expand its Seaport offices and lease an additional 610,000 square feet of commercial space, which would house an additional 2,000 workers, it will receive an additional $5 million property-tax breaks.

"Because they (Amazon) know at the current time, Canada may be more friendly to bringing in more immigrants with technical skills to help fill these positions", he said.

"Are we going to have people that Amazon is going to be able to hire, and I say absolutely yes", Simon Fraser University cloud computing professor Bill Klug said.