While Amazon has yet to reveal where in North America its second headquarters will be, the Seattle headquartered ecommerce behemoth has got Canadians excited by announcing it’s opening a second corporate office in Vancouver – and planning to double its staff headcount in the city, adding 1,000 additional jobs by 2020.
Reuters suggests the move is in response to the US tightening immigration conditions – noting that Canada launched a fast-track visa program for highly skilled workers in June. The Vancouver Sun reports that the 1,000 new jobs will be a mix of tech and non-tech jobs, including software development, human resources and marketing roles.
At a launch event Friday, Jesse Dougherty, Amazon’s Vancouver site lead, was asked about HQ2 but said he had “no information” about it.
Unsurprisingly given the company has said it expects to invest more than $5BN in construction and grow HQ2 to “as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs”, though it’s not clear over what time period those jobs will be created.