Since my first day in office, I have been dedicated to job creation and opportunity building in the rural area. Yesterday, July 10th 2018, it was announced that a one-million-square-foot Amazon warehouse will be coming to Ottawa, which I have advocated and supported this development from the beginning. I want to congratulate Councillor Blais and the community of Cumberland, under the leadership of Mayor Watson, for acquiring the Amazon fulfillment center on Boundary Road. Being one of numerous municipalities across Canada who presented bids, we are honoured to have been selected by Amazon be the home of their new distribution centre!
This project is excellent news for not only the City of Ottawa, but in our end of the city, which has been for too long deprived of good local jobs and ability to balance the population to job ratio. The completed warehouse will provide a starting number of 600 permanent middle-class jobs with benefits, and will also create over 1500 jobs in 30 different trades during the construction phase alone. Council has been assured that the warehouse will impose insignificant traffic impacts in the area; delivery trucks making bulk shipments to the Amazon centre will be using highway 417, mostly overnight, and exiting at the Boundary Road interchange located right next to the site. Any use of local roads will be by delivery service vehicles to complete package deliveries to resident’s homes.
The contribution by Amazon for this site is not limited to the creation of full-time jobs; the developer of the site Broccolini will be investing nearly $10 million dollars into infrastructure in the area including water, hydro, natural gas, and road modifications. The new site is coming at NO COST to the City of Ottawa taxpayer, providing us with all of the jobs and economic benefits we have long deserved!
Opportunities for job creation and economic boosts are the key to revitalizing the south end of the City of Ottawa. This new Amazon fulfillment centre, along with the investment by Hard Rock Ottawa at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, are how we will stay connected and grow in the globalization era. I hope to see more economic opportunities from international companies that provide public benefit in the future!