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Amazon hiring more than 15,000 employees across Canada, increasing frontline pay

Frontline employees will receive $17 per hour to $21.65 per hour with comprehensive benefits starting on day one, the online retailer says.

September 13, 2021  by CM Staff

Photo Credit: CNW Group/Amazon Canada

Amazon Canada has announced plans to hire 15,000 full-time and part-time employees across Canada throughout the fall, and also boost employees’ wages.

In a Sept. 13 news release, Amazon officials said that frontline employees will receive $17 per hour to $21.65 per hour with comprehensive benefits, including access to health, dental and vision benefits; training and education programs, like the Career Choice program; and health and well-being initiatives such as My Wellbeing and family support plans.

Full-and part-time employees will also receive an additional $1.60 – $2.20 per hour, starting immediately, regardless of their tenure with the company.

Other benefits include RRSP matching, stock units, and access to up-skilling programs.

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“We take our responsibility as an employer seriously,” said Sumegha Kumar, director of Canadian customer fulfillment operations for Amazon Canada. “Amazon Canada employs over 25,000 Canadians, and we’re proud to create 15,000 more great jobs at a time when they’re needed in Canada, with increased pay for our amazing employees across our fulfillment, transportation and logistics networks — from Victoria to Dartmouth.”

Last year, the Seattle-based e-commerce company announced plans to open two new order fulfillment centres in Hamilton, Ontario and Ajax, Ontario. The new distribution centres are anticipated to open this year, and bring Amazon’s total to 10 in Ontario and 16 in Canada.


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