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Amazon expands Toronto tech hub, will open fulfillment center in Edmonton

Amazon.com Inc. further expands its footprint in Canada with the opening of two new locations and the creation of additional jobs in the country.

The e-commerce giant opened a new 113,000-square-foot office in Scotia Plaza in downtown Toronto. The new office is an expansion of Amazon's Toronto tech hub and was built to accommodate the company's continued job creation in Ontario, according to a Dec. 18 news release.

Amazon plans to create 600 new tech jobs in fields including software development, machine learning, cloud computing, digital advertising and artificial intelligence.

The Toronto tech hub is one of the company's 18 tech hubs outside Seattle in North America.

In addition, the online retailer on Dec. 17 announced plans to build a new fulfillment center in Edmonton, Alberta, creating more than 600 full-time jobs with opportunities for career training and development by 2020.

The 1 million-square-foot facility will be Amazon's second fulfillment center in Alberta and its 11th in Canada. ONE Properties and TD Greystone Asset Management are developing the project.

Since 2011, Amazon has invested more than C$3 billion in Canada. In 2018 alone, the retail giant has announced plans to create more than 6,000 new jobs in the country, across new corporate offices in Vancouver and Toronto and four new customer fulfillment centers in Ottawa, Caledon, Tsawwassen First Nation and Edmonton.