Amazon to open robotics fulfillment centre in Alberta

SEATTLE — Amazon plans to open its first Amazon robotics fulfillment centre in Parkland County, Alberta. The centre will create over 1,000 full- and part-time jobs starting at $16 an hour with comprehensive benefits and opportunities to work alongside Amazon Robotics, the company said.

The new robotics fulfillment centre, set to launch in 2022, is more than 600,000sq-ft and will be used to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys.

“We’re excited to expand our operations and create great, safe careers of the future for talented Albertans starting on Day One,” said Vibhore Arora, Regional Director, Amazon Canada. “Robotics and advanced technologies make our fulfillment centres safer and more collaborative, which is a big part of our mission to become Earth’s Safest Place to Work.”

Amazon will donate over 200 build-your-own robot kits to community groups in the Parkland County area with the goal of providing the resources necessary to introduce local youth to the world of robotics, unlock their imagination and explore a new challenge.

As Alberta’s first Amazon robotics facility, it is also an important investment in the province’s growing technology sector and results in increased job growth and up-skilling opportunities for Amazon employees.

“Collaborative jobs between robots and humans as full-fledged teammates have the potential to not just increase quality, make jobs safer and faster but to enable humans to be more creative, and innovative, and to cooperatively solve many of humanity’s greatest challenges,” said Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano, Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary.

Amazon employs more than 3,600 employees full- and part-time operations employees in the Prairie provinces and has invested more than $600 million in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.