2021 Amazon Canada Impact Report

2021 Amazon Canada Impact Report

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 202125 Views

November 26, 2021

Since the launch of Amazon.ca  in 2002, Amazon’s investments have had a positive ripple effect across the Canadian
economy, fueling job creation and economic opportunity for local businesses, communities, and individuals.

That trend has amplified over almost two decades. Amazon’s investments have created thousands of good jobs across Canada at our local Tech Hubs, corporate offices, AWS Region (Montreal), fulfilment centres, sortation centres, and delivery stations.

We now employ 39,500 Canadians in addition to the indirect jobs we create across industries including construction, logistics, retail, healthcare, and food services.

2021 marks a number of milestones for Amazon in Canada

Our presence now extends from coast to coast to coast, and the benefits of our investments are enjoyed by more Canadians than at any time in our history.

We know that our investments bring broader responsibility—and can unlock opportunity. Our facilities help revitalize cities and neighborhoods. Amazon.ca creates virtual shelf space for more than 40,000 third-party sellers from each province and territory*—up from approximately 35,000 during the same period last year—most of which are local small-and medium-sized businesses.

In 2020 we donated more than $10 million** to charities focused on “Right Now Needs” (such as food, shelter, and basic goods for children and families) and computer science education for underserved and underrepresented students. Charities we support include Breakfast Club of Canada and the organizations affiliated with Amazon Future Engineer, including Canada Learning Code, Kids Code Jeunesse, TakingITGlobal, and FIRST Robotics.

As Canada continues along the path of economic recovery, we are committed to continuing to use our scale for good.

Supporting good jobs for Canadians

Amazon now has 39,500 full- and part-time employees across Canada.

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive wages as well as medical, vision, and dental coverage; a group RRSP plan; and stock awards. Amazon is also committed to providing employees with access to the education and skills training they need to grow their careers, offering a variety of company-funded training opportunities to help them transition into higher-paying, in-demand careers within the company and beyond.

“When I lost my job as a personal trainer at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon was hiring. What I thought would be a transitional job has become a long-term growth opportunity. Amazon is a place where I can build a career while earning benefits that help me support my family.” —Hugo Lachine, Associate, YUL2 fulfillment centre (Lachine, QC)


Our first local delivery station opened in Dartmouth, NS, in September 2021.

Career training and upskilling

The workforce is changing—there’s a greater need for technical skills than ever before and a growing number of opportunities for people with the right training to move into better- paying jobs.

As a leading employer, we have an important role to play in providing Amazonians with access to the education and training they need to progress to higher-skilled jobs within our company or elsewhere. We also invest in “upskilling” programs for developers, students, and the next generation of IT leaders in Canada to help them build in-demand skills.

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