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Amazon announces the opening of a second shipping center in Ottawa that will create 1,000 jobs in the federal capital.
The new facility will be 450,000 square feet in size and is scheduled to open in 2021. It will be located in the community of Barrhaven.
The announcement comes nearly two years to the day after the construction of Amazon’s first shipping center in Ottawa, which had created 600 jobs.
Amazon says in a statement that employees will be paid $ 16 an hour and “full range of benefits” such as medical, dental and eye coverage, group RRSPs, plans allocation of shares and performance bonuses.
It will be Amazon’s eighth facility in Ontario and its 14th shipping center in Canada.
The company last November announced the construction of its first center of its kind in Quebec, in Lachine. The facility is scheduled to open in time for the holiday season and will have 300 employees.
“We are grateful for the strong support we have received from local, provincial and federal leaders,” said Sumegha Kumar, director of Canadian customer shipping operations for Amazon Canada, in a statement.
Amazon also plans to open five new delivery locations in Ontario, specifically Whitby, Oakville, Cambridge, Brampton and Scarborough, which are slated to start operating in 2020.
Amazon says it has more than 13,500 full-time employees at its shipping centers, offices, development centers and all other facilities it has established in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.
The Barrhaven project will be built by the company Broccolini.