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Amazon Plans to triple workforce in Vancouver

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Amazon. com Inc. expects to nearly triple its workforce in Vancouver, where software engineers are cheap, smart and plentiful. The online retail giant plans to occupy a former Canada Post mailing centre being redevelope­d into a 1.1 million square-foot office to house 8,000 jobs by 2023, said Jesse Dougherty, a vice- president and Vancouver site lead at Amazon. The company has 2,700 full-time employees at its city hub. It also plans to add 500 jobs in Toronto. A weak loonie, lower wages and a steady flow of graduates make Canada an attractive place to expand for tech companies whose largest expense is labour. The average wage of a software developer in Vancouver last year was US$92,726, compared to US$141,785 in San Francisco, according to real estate firm CBRE Group Inc.

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