Amazon Canada will open an 855,000 square foot fulfilment centre in Hamilton as well as a 50,000 square foot Delivery Station in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.
The 855,000 square foot Hamilton fulfillment centre will be located in Mount Hope adjacent to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. According to city officials, the fulfilment centre represents one of the largest local investments in terms of square footage in the City’s history. These private investments in Hamilton’s goods movement sector will bring over 1,500 jobs when the facilities are scheduled to open in 2021.
In addition, a new 50,000 square foot delivery station in Stoney Creek will power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process.
With a renewed focus on air cargo/transportation, city economic development officials said, the City of Hamilton now has a prime opportunity to develop and promote the Airport Employment Growth District as a North American Gateway hub for logistics, distribution and goods movement, and to develop a Hamilton alliance with partners to jointly market opportunities for development and increase the awareness of Hamilton’s infrastructure strengths.
“Hamilton is home to Canada’s busiest overnight express cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes and one of the lowest rates of traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area (GTHA). With Amazon Canada’s announcement of their intent to invest in Hamilton, this solidifies Hamilton’s position as a Canadian goods movement leader, encapsulates the type of investments targeted for the Airport Employment Growth District and illustrates investor confidence from one of the most recognizable brands and the largest e-commerce company in the world,” Norm Schleehahn, Director, Economic Development, City of Hamilton noted.
Hamilton’s AEGD is a planned development area of 551 net developable hectares of employment land designated to provide for a major business park development to integrate with and complement John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, a key area of focus for Hamilton’s Economic Development Action Plan.
“Thank you, Amazon Canada, for investing in our community. Today’s announcement signals to the world that Hamilton remains the top destination in Ontario to grow, innovate and do business. I am pleased that this significant investment will create 1,500 full-time jobs for the people of Hamilton. This is the beginning of a strong partnership with Amazon Canada and I look forward to our continued collaboration in the future,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.