Amazon continues expansion into Ontario with new facility in Scarborough

BRAMPTON, ON - The highly automated facility in the Steeles and Winston Churchill Blvd area in Brampton handled millions of products. packages, presents, shopping, shipping, and packing. (Getty Images)

Amazon (AMZN) continues its foray into Ontario, with the announcement of a new fulfillment centre in Scarborough.

The world’s largest retailer says the 1-million square foot facility will create more than 600-full time jobs with benefits. Workers will pick, pack and ship small items ranging from baby products to small electronics.

This will be Amazon’s twelfth fulfillment centre in Canada and seventh in Ontario — joining Mississauga, Milton, Caledon, and Ottawa. Brampton has two.

“We’re excited about our growth in Toronto, which gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region,” said Vibhore Arora, director of regional operations of Amazon Canada, in a news release.

“The Greater Toronto Area has a talented workforce, and we are committed to providing the area with job opportunities that have great pay and benefits.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is celebrating Amazon’s expansion into the province.

“Business is booming in Ontario and today’s announcement by Amazon is further proof that our plan is working to make Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” said Ford, in a news release.

“We welcome Amazon’s continued investment in our province, and we will continue to make Ontario the best place for businesses to invest, grow, and create jobs for people.”

Amazon employs more than 4,000 full-time workers in Ontario, as well another 1,000 employees at its two Toronto tech hubs.

“We’re excited to welcome Amazon’s first fulfillment centre in the City of Toronto and the more than 600 new, good jobs that will be created in Scarborough,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory, in a news release.

“This new facility, in addition to Amazon’s growing Tech Hub in our city's downtown, shows that Amazon is continuing to invest in Toronto and the incredible workforce we have here.”

Jessy Bains is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jessysbains.

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