Amazon opens new office in Toronto, plans to hire 200 people

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Amazon is on a fast track to dominating the world in every market. Coming off a massive quarter with its share price soaring above $1,000 USD per stock, the company recently announced plans to acquire Whole Foods for a whopping $13.7 billion USD.

Amazon says it loves Canada, and is committed to helping the country flourish. Amazon Canada, which currently employs over 3,500 people across the country and 600 in Toronto, opened up its latest corporate office and committed to employing 200 people.

“I grew up in Richmond Hill, went to Wilfred Laurier University, and followed the tech jobs at the time and left for Seattle. I spent eight years there, with seven years Amazon’s corporate headquarters. I always knew that I wanted to come back home to Toronto and help create more jobs here,” said Tamir Bar-Haim, country manager for the Amazon Media Group. “Amazon was drawn to Toronto because of the amazing talent here.

“We opened this office in 2015 and I’ve spent the past two years squarely on building and hiring some great talent. Today, we are thrilled to finally have a moment, open the doors and invite you all in to see what we are working on.”

The new positions will be solely focused on software development, cloud computing human resources, and fulfilment technologies.

“We’re growing and proud to be telling a story. And by the way, we are hiring about 200 new jobs in Toronto,” said Bar-Haim.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was present at the announcement, stating, “Amazon’s announcement today is great news for all of us. It’s a terrific news story. It’s a great story for this region. There is no denying that we are in a period of innovation in our economy, not just in Ontario, but around the world.”

This article was originally published on MobileSyrup

Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy

Ian is the Director of Partnerships for BetaKit. He's been quietly creating and building things for years and is completely addicted to Tim Hortons.