Amazon plans to open a fulfillment centre in Parkland County, Alberta.
The more than 600,000-square-foot facility is slated to open in 2022, and will employ 1,000 workers alongside robotic picking systems.
As Alberta’s first Amazon robotics facility, it is also an important investment in the province’s growing technology sector.
“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.
As part of the announcement of the plan, Amazon will be donating more than 200 build-your-own robot kits to community groups in the Parkland County area. They are designed to introduce local youth to the world of robotics.
Over the next month, groups such as Boys and Girls Club, Alberta Parenting for the Future Association, Parkland Village School and Stoney Plain Public Library will receive a shipment of build-your-own kits and their program participants can begin building, coding, and learning about robotics. Amazon wants to inspire the local Parkland County community to engage in the world of robotics.
“This is exciting news for Alberta. It is a vote of confidence in our economy, and will create over a thousand jobs for Albertans, right when we need them most,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
“As we continue to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, high-tech investments like this will continue to get people back to work as we diversify and look towards the future.”
“I’m excited for our young people, a top five global business leader focused on technology and commerce innovation is setting up operations across the street in Parkland County,” said William Morin, Chief of the Enoch Cree Nation 135. “This means our young people have a real example of the future global economy they can be a part of.”
Amazon employs more than 3,600 employees full- and part-time operations employees in the Prairie provinces and has invested more than $600M in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.