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Amazon reportedly opening Ottawa-based distribution centre


Amazon is opening a distribution centre in Ottawa's east end that is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs, according to several news reports.

Though the e-commerce giant has yet to confirm the news, Orléans MP Andrew Leslie told CBC News that Amazon planned to take over a warehouse located near Highway 417.

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"It will employ approximately 1,000 people, good middle class jobs, and it's going to be a transportation hub," he said. "We have been working with Amazon for a couple of months now and we are just thrilled that it's all coming to maturation."

Reports peg the warehouse at more than 1 million sq. ft, with 99 truck bays and 1,000 parking spots.

Ottawa was one of the cities bidding for Amazon's second headquarters. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Windsor each threw their hats in the ring, but Toronto is the only Canadian city to have made the shortlist. Amazon has said it planned to spend US$5 billion on the new campus that could employ as many as 50,000.

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