Here’s some good news for B.C.’s tech industry!

Yesterday, tech giant Amazon announced that it has signed the lease for a new office in Downtown Vancouver, scheduled to open in 2020.

The acquisition is slated to create 1,000 new jobs in Vancouver, doubling Amazon’s original workforce in the city.

Not related to HQ2

According to CHEK News, this new office has no link to the coveted HQ2 bid – Amazon’s search for a North American city to open its second headquarters in.

Last month, Langford B.C. officially submitted its bid for HQ2, along with other Canadian cities like Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Calgary.

So far, Amazon stated that they have received 238 proposals from North American cities and regions.

The company is expected to reach their decision sometime in the new year.

Still a major win

Regardless of whether or not the opening of a new office means anything for Vancouver’s HQ2 bid, Amazon’s increased presence is sure to boost the city’s tech industry.

“I’m pleased Amazon is increasing their presence in Vancouver, creating good jobs and helping us build a strong, sustainable economy that works for everyone,” said Premier John Horgan.

“We will build on Amazon’s plans to bring new jobs to B.C. by continuing to open up access to education and skills training, so British Columbians are ready to fill these high-paying jobs.”

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