Amazon Canada just opened its most technologically advanced robotics facility in the country, and it is one of just five in the world.

The new facility, YOW3, is located in Barrhaven, Ontario, and it is the only facility of its kind in Canada. According to Amazon, it will “create more than 2,500 jobs and offer an opportunity for employees to work alongside some of the company’s most cutting-edge technology.”

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“Today is a huge milestone for Amazon as we celebrate the opening of our most technologically advanced robotics facility in the country,” said Harsh Khaitan, Amazon Canada’s regional director of operations. “We’re thrilled to expand our decade-long presence in Canada through our third facility in the Ottawa area, and we are excited to continue creating jobs for the local community.”

Amazon’s RWC4 robot (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)

The new space spans more than 2.6 million square feet across four floors, and will store up to 20 million items at a time.

It will include technologies such as robotic arms that can segment, grasp, manipulate, identify, and place a package onto a sort bot.

“By using robots, we can help employees with tasks that involve heavy lifting or repetitive movements,” Khaitan said. “We pilot and implement technology with the goal of increasing safety, improving our employee experience, and delivering for our customers.”

New employees at the centre will make a starting wage of between $19.00 and $21.00 per hour, receive a robust benefits package, and have access to career training opportunities, according to Amazon.

For those looking for jobs, openings in Ottawa are available on their website. For more information about current job openings in Ottawa, visit Information about other job openings in Ontario and across Canada is available by visiting this webpage.