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Online retail major Amazon is set to open a one million ft2 fulfilment centre in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario.

The facility marks the company’s 12th fulfilment centre in Canada and seventh in Ontario. The investment expects to create more than 600 full-time jobs in the region.

The online retailer currently employs more than 4,000 full-time associates across the province and an additional 1,000 employees at its two Toronto tech hub locations.

The company is developing the facility in partnership with Manulife Investment Management.

Amazon Canada regional operations director Vibhore Arora said: “We’re excited about our growth in Toronto, which gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region.

“The Greater Toronto Area has a talented workforce, and we are committed to providing the area with job opportunities that have great pay and benefits.”

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Associates at the new centre will pick, pack and ship customer items, such as toys, baby products and small electronics.

The company will also offer Career Choice programme for its employees at the facility, and will fund adult education by pre-paying 95% of tuition and associated fees for various courses.

Amazon currently employs more than 10,000 associates across its fulfilment centres, corporate offices, development centres, and other facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said: “We’re excited to welcome Amazon’s first fulfilment centre in the city of Toronto and the more than 600 new, good jobs that will be created in Scarborough.

“This new facility, in addition to Amazon’s growing Tech Hub in our city’s downtown, shows that Amazon is continuing to invest in Toronto and the incredible workforce we have here.”

Last month, Amazon announced plans to develop a new fulfilment centre in West Jordan, Utah, US creating more than 800 jobs.