Alberta Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen (L) joins Premier Rachel Notley and Kent Hehr, federal Minister for Sport & Persons with Disabilities, to unveil Amazon fulfillment centre.
Amazon has made its largest investment in Alberta with the announcement of a new customer fulfillment centre in the Calgary Region
The massive facility just north of YYC Calgary International Airport will generate more than 750 full-time jobs. Amazon already has more than 4,400 employees in Canada working at corporate offices, development centers, and other facilities. Amazon said employees at the facility - its sixth major distribution centre in Canada - will pick, pack, and ship consumer items ranging from aviator sunglasses to zebra costumes.
"We are excited to continue our growth in Canada and especially in the greater Calgary community where we've already received great community support," said Glenn Sommerville, Director of Amazon Operations in Canada. "We couldn't be prouder of our ability to grow in Canada."
The ceremony to make the announcement included representatives from municipal, provincial and federal governments.
“As we look for our economy to recover and diversify, companies like Amazon will play a strong role in positioning Alberta as a national leader in industry and innovation,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
Calgary is an ideal location for a company in the logistics business, said Mary Moran, President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development.
“The Calgary Region is the major transportation and logistics hub and leading inland port in Western Canada so it's a natural fit for Amazon to locate one of its fulfillment centres here,” said Moran. “The ability for companies to efficiently connect regional and global customers is increasingly important to business and the Calgary Region provides significant advantages from geographic location to top quality human resources.”
Construction on the facility will begin in spring 2018 and create 150 construction jobs. It will be Amazon’s first solar-powered facility in Canada.