An Amazon warehouse north of Calgary in Balzac, Alta., is shown on Monday, May 4, 2020. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

Amazon to open up two new fulfillment centres in Canada next year

Amazon plans on opening up two new fulfillment centres in Ontario in 2021, creating 2,500 new jobs, according to a press release from the company on Wednesday morning.

The new fulfillment centre in Hamilton will employ over 1,500 employees that will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack, and ship small items, while the new fulfillment centre in Ajax will employ more than 1,000 employees to ship large customer purchases.

“We’re thrilled to continue expanding our operations in Ontario with our newest fulfillment centres in Hamilton and Ajax,” Sumegha Kumar, the director of Canadian customer fulfillment operations for Amazon Canada, said in a press release.

“We’ve had great success with the talented workforce in Ontario, and we look forward to creating an additional 2,500 full-time jobs with competitive pay and benefits starting on day one.”

The new fulfillment centres will bring Amazon’s total to 10 fulfillment centres in Ontario, and 16 in Canada.

“This further highlights that Hamilton remains the top destination in the province to grow, innovate and do business,” said Fred Eisenberger, the mayor of Hamilton. “This is the beginning of a strong partnership with Amazon Canada, and I look forward to our continued collaboration in the future.”

Amazon also announced three new delivery stations, which “power the last mile” of Amazon’s fulfillment process in Stoney Creek, Vaughan, and Scarborough. 

The e-commerce giant based in Seattle already employs more than 21,000 full and part-time employees throughout their fulfillment centers, corporate offices and development centers. 

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