Amazon Canada has opened its newest robotics powered fulfilment centre, YHM1, in Hamilton, Ontario.
“This new facility is the company’s most advanced one in our network today, and it’s the 1,500 employees that really make this place spectacular,” says Vibhore Arora Regional Director, Canada Customer Fulfilment, Amazon Canada.
“Robotics technology helps extend the reach and capability of our team in a manner that makes tasks easier and more efficient, and make our fulfilment centres safer and more collaborative.”
To celebrate the opening, Amazon Canada presented a donation of $25,000 to FIRST Robotics Canada, an organisation focused on engaging young people in mentor-based programmes that build STEM skills.
This will help FIRST Robotics support ten schools and programs across Canada.
“It’s absolutely critical to have kids and youth thinking about their future and inspiring them to become positive leaders in STEM fields. We are grateful for the increased support from Amazon Canada,” says Dave Ellis, President at FIRST Robotics Canada.
“These funds will allow students to compete in FIRST programmes, build robots, and solve real world problems while also providing them with invaluable skills for life.”
Amazon Canada plans to open four new facilities in 2022 and 2023, including YHM1, which will create 4,500 jobs across the province.
In total, Amazon’s expansion in Ontario between 2021 and 2023 represents 19 new facilities and 7,500 jobs.
“This expansion is great news for Amazon, and for Ontario,” says Premier Doug Ford.
“Ontario is the best jurisdiction in Canada for businesses to operate, with our world class workforce and commitment to job creation.”
“We are thrilled that Amazon has chosen to deepen their presence in Ontario and we look forward to seeing their growth here continue even further.”
Source: Retail Tech Innovation Hub