Inside Logistics

Amazon to open new Ottawa DC

New facility will open in 2021


July 1, 2020
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SEATTLE – Amazon.com, Inc. plans to open a second facility in Barrhaven, a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario.

The new fulfillment centre, which is anticipated to open in 2021, will create more than 1,000 new, full-time jobs. This will be Amazon’s eighth facility in Ontario and its 14th fulfillment centre in Canada.

At this new fulfillment centre, employees will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys.

This will be Amazon’s newest robotics fulfillment centre in Canada. It is being developed by developer Broccolini.

Amazon is also planning five new delivery stations across Ontario in Whitby, Oakville, Cambridge, Brampton, and Scarborough, with the sites anticipated to launch in 2020.

Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process. Packages are transported to delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centres, and then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers.

Amazon is currently recruiting drivers in Canada for the last-mile program.

In total, Amazon employs more than 13,500 full-time employees at the company’s fulfillment centres, corporate offices, development centres, and other facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than CAD $7.5 billion in Canada through its customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure and employee compensation. Amazon estimates that its Canadian investments have created an additional 14,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires.

Recently, Amazon Canada committed a $3 million donation to support those who are most affected by the COVID-19 crisis in Canada. Funds are dedicated to supporting local organizations in the communities where employees live and work, including the Canadian Red Cross, United Way Centraide Canada, and numerous food banks. The Ottawa Food Bank is among the recipients.