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April 20, 2022

Amazon Canada unveils robotics facility fulfilment centre in Ontario

The company plans to open four new facilities by 2023.

E-commerce giant Amazon Canada has unveiled a new advanced robotics facility fulfilment centre in Hamilton, Ontario.

Dubbed YHM1, the facility will generate jobs for 1,500 people, who will receive benefits and career development opportunities.

Amazon Canada customer fulfilment regional director Vibhore Arora said: “This new facility in Hamilton is the company’s most advanced facility in our network today, and it’s the 1,500 employees that really make this place spectacular.

“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.”

The move is part of Amazon’s expansion in Ontario, which started last year.

The facility is designed to store 27 million units at full capacity and will be capable of serving around 325,000 customers a day, Global News reported, citing an Amazon spokesperson.

Including YHM1, Amazon Canada plans to open four new facilities by 2023, creating 4,500 jobs across the province.

Other proposed facilities include a robotics sortable fulfilment centre, YOW3, in Ottawa, a fulfilment centre, YXU1, in Southwold and a sort centre, YHM6, in Whitby.

In total, Amazon reportedly plans to operate 19 facilities, with approximately 7,500 employees, in Ontario.

Ontario Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Minister Vic Fedeli said: “By reducing the cost of doing business in Ontario by nearly $7bn annually, our government has created the right economic conditions to attract major investments, like this one from Amazon.

“Thanks to Amazon for their investment in thousands of new jobs and opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses across Ontario as we work together towards post-pandemic economic growth.”

Last December, Amazon introduced a network of staffed pickup points, called Amazon Counters, in Canada to enhance flexibility and convenience for its customers.