Amazon has unveiled plans to open a new office in Vancouver, B.C., which will occupy 150,000 square feet. The new office, which will be located at 402 Dunsmuir, is expected to become operational in 2020 and will increase Amazon’s employee count in the city to 2,000 from the current 1,000.
Amazon’s Canadian employees stand at 5,000 according to its latest quarterly report. These workers are represented across Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. These members are expected to grow with the company’s announcement of plans to have a new fulfillment center in Calgary. The Seattle-based tech giant commands a 541,900 – strong workforce worldwide.
Amazon’s expansion plans are multi-pronged, covering diverse regions. The company is taking up space at Macy’s in downtown Seattle and has announced plans to move its film production division to a famous Hollywood studio location where it will occupy 280,000 square feet in the iconic Culver Studios, in Culver City, California. Amazon said in a press statement that the TV and film production division will be housed in the 99-year-old center comprising of The Culver Studios Mansion and Bungalows. Culver Studios was built by movie pioneer Thomas H. Ince. Amazing productions have been filmed at this location including “The Matrix,” “E.T.,” “Legally Blonde” and the original Batman series.
Hollywood classics like “Citizen Kane” and “Gone With the Wind” were also shot in the renowned complex which will now be home to several teams working on technical, legal, creative, and marketing aspects. This will be a hub for Amazon Video, IMDb, Amazon Studios and World Wide Advertising teams which means that by the close of this year, 700 employees will have shifted their working spaces out of Santa Monica, California into Culver Studios.
Microsoft is not being left behind in the expansion up north. The company has announced plans to partner with the British Columbia Institute of Technology to design a mixed reality curriculum under which 50 new jobs will be created. Last year the company opened a new office in Vancouver and has been strengthening its relationship with the city – at one point backing the city’s high-speed rail proposal.