There are a pair of articles in the Herald reporting that Amazon is will first be leasing space then building a new facility in Balzac. It will apparently be the second largest distribution facility in the country (after one in Brampton) and the first outside of the GTA or GVA. It is their 7th Canadian distribution facility overall. Really good news I have to think. Logistics isn't super sexy, but over time it's going to become increasingly important to Calgary's economy. It doesn't hurt to get a vote of confidence from one of the worlds largest retailers.
One of the articles contains comments from an Amazon representative that make it quite explicit that there is no connection between this announcement and HQ2. This is the result of a different process, with a different intended outcome. That's why I opted to post the news here rather than the Amazon HQ2 Thread. Still, I have to think that it doesn't hurt that they've decided to set up shop here already in some regard.
Amazon Continues Growth in Canada with Calgary Area Fulfillment Centre, Creating 750-Plus New Jobs
Oct 26, 2017, 12:00 ET
SEATTLE, Oct. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its seventh Canadian fulfillment centre to be located in the greater Calgary region's Rocky View community. The 600,000 square foot customer fulfillment facility located in Nose Creek Business Park, Amazon's first in Alberta, will create more than 750 new full-time associate roles – joining Amazon's current and growing workforce of 2,000-plus full-time fulfillment employees across the country. In total, Amazon employs more than 4,400 employees throughout Canada working at corporate offices, development centers, and other facilities.
The new facility will join Amazon's network of current fulfillment centres located in Ontario: Brampton, Mississauga, and Milton, and British Columbia: Delta and New Westminster. Associates at this facility will pick, pack, and ship 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. "Our ability to create more than 750 good-paying jobs with great benefits is the result of our dedicated workforce across the country who continue to raise the bar on operational excellence and customer obsession. Customers have seen the great work they do and we couldn't be prouder of our ability to grow in Canada."
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said, "We are pleased Amazon has chosen to grow and create jobs in the Calgary region. 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. The creation of 750 full-time good-paying, stable, and long-term jobs is significant. I'd like to congratulate Amazon on its success and thank the company for investing here in Alberta."
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development said, "When our government commits to job creation for the middle-class, this is what it looks like! We know that global companies see Canada as a strong place to invest because of our talented and skilled workforce. We're working with businesses to leverage strong investments and create well-paying, middle-class jobs. Congratulations to Amazon on this exciting new expansion and the creation of 750 jobs in Calgary."
"Amazon's investment in Rocky View County reinforces our role as leader in hosting warehousing, distribution centres, and logistical facilities," said Rocky View County Reeve Greg Boehlke. "Amazon's fulfillment centre will serve as an economic driver for the entire region, and we're delighted to welcome Amazon to Rocky View County."
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive wages, medical, vision and dental coverage, RRSPs, stock awards, and performance-based bonuses starting on day one. Amazon also offers employees access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program's launch, more than 10,000 employees across the globe have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
I wonder if CP is considering a major development out that way? At some point, it will outgrow Alyth and a massive swath of inner city, riverfront land will be up for redevelopment, albeit with large remediation liabilities.