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300 jobs coming to Lachine with new packing, shipping warehouse: Amazon Canada

Employees work at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Brampton, Ont., on November 26, 2018. .
Employees work at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Brampton, Ont., on November 26, 2018. . Chris Young/ The Canadian Press

Amazon Canada announced plans Friday to set up shop in Montreal’s Lachine borough.

The company said it hopes to have a brand-new fulfillment centre up and running in time for the 2020 holiday season.

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The new facility will lead to the creation of 300 full-time jobs, according to Amazon Canada.

“The Greater Montreal area has a talented workforce, and we are committed to providing the area with great job opportunities that have comprehensive pay and benefits,” said vice-president Alexandre Gagnon.

The company says employees will be needed for picking, packing and shipping items to customers across Quebec, ranging from pet supplies to toys and small electronics.

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By expanding in the province, Amazon hopes to “better serve its Quebec customers.”

Lachine Mayor Maja Vodanovic said she’s pleased with the announcement.

“A giant is landing in Lachine,” she said, adding that the new centre cements the borough’s place as a major transportation hub, noting its proximity to the airport, the Port of Montreal and  CP and CN rails.

“UPS is there, Dollarama is there, and they’ve invested millions,” she said. “And now, with Amazon coming, it really confirms that place for Lachine.”

Vodanovic said she’s excited by the prospect of future collaboration.

“It’s interesting for us to have a partner that is such a giant, with which we can actually exchange and talk,” she said. “There will be a new dialogue opening.”