A new Amazon sorting facility in the 9300 block of 200 St. in Langley is expected to employ more than 500 people when it begins operating. A virtual hiring fair is scheduled for Aug. 17 by WorkBC. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A new Amazon sorting facility in the 9300 block of 200 St. in Langley is expected to employ more than 500 people when it begins operating. A virtual hiring fair is scheduled for Aug. 17 by WorkBC. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Amazon is offering a bonus for being vaccinated as it recruits for new Langley facility

Walnut Grove sorting plant expected to hire more than 500

Online retail giant Amazon is offering a bonus for being fully-vaccinated as it recruits for its new sorting plant in Langley’s Walnut Grove.

WorkBC , the provincial government jobs database, will be holding a “virtual hiring fair” on Tuesday, Aug. 17 for the facility in the 9300-block of 200th St., which is expected to employ more than 500 people.

A new Amazon sorting facility in the 9300 block of 200 St. in Langley is expected to employ more than 500 people when it begins operating. A virtual hiring fair is scheduled for Aug. 17 by WorkBC. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A new Amazon sorting facility in the 9300 block of 200 St. in Langley is expected to employ more than 500 people when it begins operating. A virtual hiring fair is scheduled for Aug. 17 by WorkBC. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

“New hires who show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination earn a $100 bonus their first day,” a number of online ads for the “warehouse associate” position at the Langley facility offered.

Amazon is also advertising a $1,000 sign-on bonus, with an advisory the bonuses are being offered for a limited time, “only applicable to specific jobs types and shifts,” and will be paid in installments.

The bonuses were first announced in mid-May as part of an Amazon campaign to add 75,000 staff to its fulfillment and logistics network in Canada and the U.S.

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In March, Amazon announced fulfillment centres and delivery stations in Langley, Pitt Meadows, Delta, and Vancouver would create 2,000 new jobs, including the 200th St. sorting centre, a delivery station in Aldergrove’s Gloucester Estates industrial park, one in Pitt Meadows in the Golden Ears Business Park, and one in Delta.

As well, the company is planning a 450,000-square-foot “advanced robotics fulfillment centre” at the Port of Vancouver.

Amazon said it employs more than 5,500 full- and part-time staff in B.C., and the new openings will increase that to about 7,500.

Based in Seattle, Amazon is the largest internet company by revenue in the world, reporting a profit of $8 billion U.S. on $104 billion in revenue during the first fiscal quarter of the year.

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To register for the online Langley fair, email infor@workbc-langley.com.


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