Amazon opens first fulfillment centre in Quebec

SEATTLE — Amazon’s first fulfillment centre in Quebec officially opened earlier this month with its newest employees. After a morning of learning, associates received the first item into the new building: a Hot Wheels Rooftop Race Garage. The fulfillment centre will continue to ramp up to full operations over the next several weeks and will have more than 300 employees by the 2020 holiday shopping season.

Employees at the new fulfillment centre, located in Lachine, will work alongside Amazon’s innovative robotics technology to pick, pack, and ship items to customers, ranging from household goods and small electronics to books, toys and baby products.

“Amazon is tremendously proud to open our first fulfillment centre in Quebec, creating over 300 jobs in a safe, inclusive and innovative work environment, that has competitive pay and benefits starting on day one,” said Jean-Francois Héroux, site leader for Amazon’s Lachine fulfillment centre. “This milestone will also allow us to better serve our local customers, along with the thousands of local small businesses that work with Amazon to bring their products to customers across the province and around the world,”

Amazon employs more than 13,500 full-time employees at the company’s fulfillment centres, corporate offices, development centres, and other facilities throughout Canada. The Lachine facility is Amazon’s 13th fulfillment centre in Canada.

“The arrival of Amazon consolidates the role of the Lachine industrial park in the Montreal logistics chain. Located between the airport, the marshalling yards and the port of Montreal, and with an occupancy rate of almost 95, our industrial park is at the heart of Montreal’s transportation network,” said the mayor of Lachine, Maja Vodanovic.

The new Quebec fulfillment centre has been equipped with all of Amazon’s latest COVID-19 safety measures and best practices. Amazon has implemented more than 150 significant process changes to support its teams, including physical distancing, temperature checks, masks and gloves.