E-commerce giant Amazon plans to add two new fulfillment centres and five last-mile “delivery stations” across the Greater Toronto and Greater Golden Horseshoe areas, the company announced Wednesday morning.
The company will open a million-square-foot fulfillment centre in Ajax, just east of Toronto, and an 885,000 fulfillment centre in Hamilton, west of the city.
Together, they’ll employ about 2,500 people when they open in 2021.
Once the centres are operating, they’ll bring to 10 the number of Amazon distribution hubs in Ontario, with six more spread across Canada.
“We’re thrilled to continue expanding our operations in Ontario with our newest fulfillment centres in Hamilton and Ajax,” said Sumegha Kumar, the director of Canadian customer fulfillment operations for Amazon Canada, in the announcement.
“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.”
Hamilton, Ajax fulfillment centres
The Hamilton facility will result in the hiring of more than 1,500 people to work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys.
In Ajax, 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 is also in the process of adding 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.
These stations take large shipments from Amazon fulfillment and sorting centres, then load the packages into vehicles for delivery to customers.
Amazon across Canada
In recent months Amazon has made major additions to its Canadian logistics network.
The company is building a multilevel warehouse in Ottawa which could be up to 2.7 million square feet, according to published reports. That facility, which is Amazon’s second fulfillment centre in the National Capital, is slated to open in 2021.
The company has just completed construction of its first fulfillment centre in Quebec. Announced in November of 2019, the facility in the Montreal borough of Lachine is set to employ about 300 people. It opened in July.
The company also recently completed a million-square-foot fulfillment centre in Leduc County, just outside Edmonton. ONE Properties and TD Greystone Asset Management teamed up to develop that property.
Amazon currently employs more than 21,000 full- and part-time employees at the company’s fulfillment centres, corporate offices and development centres in Canada.
Between 2010 and 2019, the company says it invested more than $11 billion in Canada, including infrastructure and compensation to employees.