Amazon has plans for a new Lower Mainland fulfillment centre on Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) lands in British Columbia.
The 450,000-square-foot facility will create more than 700 full-time jobs with comprehensive benefits and join Amazon's network of existing British Columbia facilities in Delta and New Westminster.
This will be Amazon's third fulfillment centre in British Columbia, where the company currently employs more than 800 full-time associates. In addition to its fulfillment centres, Amazon employs an additional 1,500 British Columbians at its tech hub in Vancouver.
"Since first opening in British Columbia in 2012, we credit our exciting growth to the incredible customers and outstanding workforce of the Lower Mainland community," says Glenn Sommerville, Director of Amazon Operations in Canada. "Our ability to create over 700 good-paying jobs with great benefits is thanks to the network of support we've received from the Tsawwassen First Nation Executive Council, provincial and community leaders, and strong project partners dedicated to innovation."
Once open, the new facility will be Amazon's 10th fulfillment facility in Canada, joining Amazon's current fulfillment centres in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.
"This expansion will bring more opportunity for the people of Tsawwassen First Nation and the Lower Mainland," adds British Columbia Premier John Horgan. "As Amazon does its part to keep B.C. growing, our government is doing its part by opening the doors of opportunity to more people, building the workforce of the future, and making sure our economy works for everyone."
Employees at the facility will pick, pack, and ship customer items such as books, toys, small electronics, and home goods.
"It is with great pride that I join the Tsawwassen First Nation and province of British Columbia in welcoming Amazon's new fulfillment facility," says Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services, Procurement and Accessibility and Member of Parliament for Delta. "This expansion project means more than 700 good, well-paying jobs as well as long-term economic growth for our community. Our government is instrumental in promoting Canada's talented workforce, and today, we celebrate giving Canadians new opportunities to succeed."
"Tsawwassen First Nation welcomes Amazon to our Lands," said Chief Bryce Williams. "This is a promising advancement that will continue to unlock the potential of TFN as a leading development partner and key economic driver in Metro Vancouver, and we thank our partners GWL Realty Advisors and HOOPP for their roles in bringing this exciting agreement to fruition. For our Members, TFN's economic development represents reconciliation in action. The investments we've made in infrastructure, and the industrial and commercial projects that we're moving forward, are creating opportunity and contributing to our community's long-term economic sustainability. Initiatives like Amazon's Lower Mainland fulfillment facility have the potential to play an important role in a strong, prosperous and united TFN."
The project is being developed by GWL Realty Advisors.