Amazon will be bringing 800 new jobs to the Town of Caledon, with the opening of a new fulfilment centre scheduled for late 2019. The one million square foot facility will be be used to pick, pack and ship books, electronics and toys. The local centre marks Amazon’s sixth facility in Ontario and ninth in Canada.

“We are thrilled to have Amazon join Caledon’s corporate family,” said Mayor Allan Thompson. “A priority this term of council was to help secure companies that will provide good paying, long term, stable jobs and contribute to the well-being of our community as good corporate citizens. We believe Amazon will do just that.”

The company has confirmed development plans in the Coleraine West Employment Area, a new industrial area west of Coleraine Drive, just north of Mayfield Road. Town-initiated zoning of industrial lands in the area has resulted in the addition of more than 400 development-ready acres of land, with the goal of increasing employment opportunities in the area.

“This commitment by Amazon is the result of a determined effort by the town to help bring these types of investments to Caledon,” said Mike Galloway, chief administrative officer.

Development charges for the Amazon project are estimated at approximately $18-million, with the town’s share for infrastructure costs of approximately $3.5 million. Net annual property tax revenues are estimated at approximately $1.5 million. Amazon has signed a long-term tenancy agreement with Blackwood Partners as its landlord.

Amazon is among a growing group of corporations investing in Caledon in recent years. In 2017, Canadian Tire, Agrocrop Exports Ltd. and Mars Canada have added more than one-and-a-half million square feet of industrial space, bringing more than one thousand jobs to the area.

According to 2017 Statistics Canada data there are more than 2,900 businesses in Caledon, an increase of 36 per cent since 2012.

Image courtesy of Amazon.

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