Amazon to build first Quebec fulfilment centre, create 300 jobs

Employees work at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Brampton Ont

Employees work at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Brampton Ont

Amazon Canada announced on Friday that it will construct its first distribution centre in Quebec in the borough of Lachine.

The facility will pack and ship items ranging from toys to small electronics, the company said.

"The Greater Montreal area has a talented workforce, and we are committed to providing the area with great job opportunities that have comprehensive pay and benefits", said vice-president Alexandre Gagnon.

By expanding in the province, Amazon hopes to "better serve its Quebec customers".

"A giant just landed in Lachine, in Montreal, in Quebec", said Lachine Mayor Maja Vodanovic, citing the borough's central location as ideal for the tech giant.

"It's interesting for us to have a partner that is such a giant, with which we can actually exchange and talk", she said.

The company also announced late previous year that it would have a fulfillment centre in Leduc County, Alta., open by 2020 to create more than 600 jobs.

Seattle-based Amazon now employs more than 2,000 full-time workers at its existing Ontario facilities in Brampton, Mississauga and Milton.

The build-out of fulfillment centres, which provide both warehouse and shipping services, comes as the company pushes to make faster online order deliveries.

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