Amazon yesterday announced plans to open two new fulfillment centres in Hamilton and Ajax in 2021.
These will create more than 2,500 new, full-time jobs with competitive hourly wages, comprehensive benefits and an industry-leading workplace. This will bring Amazon’s total to 10 facilities in Ontario and 16 fulfillment centres in Canada, said an Amazon statement carried by the Town of Ajax.
“We’re thrilled to continue expanding our operations in Ontario with our newest fulfillment centres in Hamilton and Ajax,” said Sumegha Kumar, Director, Canadian Customer Fulfillment Operations, Amazon Canada. “We’ve had great success with the talented workforce in Ontario and we look forward to creating an additional 2,500 full-time jobs with competitive pay and benefits starting on day one.”
At this new one million square-foot fulfillment centre, more than 1,000 employees will pack and ship large customer purchases such as sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles and other household goods.
“Amazon’s decision to build a facility in Ajax is great news for our town and Durham Region,” said Rod Phillips, MPP for Ajax. “The 1,000 new, full-time jobs Amazon has committed to are coming at a crucial time. It is a good example of the kind of investment we need in Ontario as the economy recovers from Covid-19.”
“On behalf of Ajax Council, I want to express our excitement that Amazon has chosen to invest in Ajax,” said Shaun Collier, Mayor of Ajax. “Amazon’s name is synonymous with innovation, growth and technology, all of which reflect council’s vision for Ajax. Welcoming a global leader like Amazon will mean so much to the community, keeping employment strong in the town, and across the region as we recover from Covid-19. Taking advantage of the town’s PriorityPATH fast-tracked development process, we are accelerating the availability of 1,000 high quality jobs in 2021. Thank you, Amazon – welcome to Ajax!”
The move has been widely welcomed including by Mark Holland, Member of Parliament for Ajax-Pickering, Durham Region and Town of Whitby.
Five New Delivery Stations
Amazon also recently added five new nearby delivery stations in Stoney Creek, Kitchener, Vaughan and Toronto (Etobicoke and Scarborough). The Etobicoke site has already launched, and the Kitchener site will launch later this year. The Stoney Creek, Scarborough and Vaughan sites will launch in 2021.