Despite initial scrutiny when the idea came up in 2010, Amazon Canada will be opening a fulfillment facility this fall in Delta, British Columbia, the first on the West Coast and second in Canada after their Mississauga building.
The new plant, which will be 200,000-square feet, will create 100 full-time jobs. It is intended to assist in any custom issues as well as meet the demand of Canadian orders. When Amazon said that they planned on opening fulfillment facilities in Canada, the plan was reviewed under the Investment Canada Act and was approved, under the condition that Amazon invest more than $20 million, including $1.5 million for cultural events and awards and for promoting Canadian-authored books abroad (according to The Canadian Press).
"We are excited to expand our fulfillment network to British Columbia, bringing new jobs and continued investment to the country while improving the experience of shopping on Amazon.ca for customers," said Brennan Weber, site leader for ACFS in a press release (as cited by the South Delta Leader).
Despite the jobs that the new Delta plant will create, many publishers and authors were leery of the American giant taking away from Canadian-grown business.
"We're pleased that ACFS will grow its presence in Canada with its new fulfillment centre here in Delta, British Columbia," said Premier Christy Clark in a press release. "Our community welcomes the jobs it will bring to the region and the increased service it will provide to Amazon.ca shoppers in the area to be able to receive their packages from a facility on the west coast."