AUSTIN, Texas — Canada’s top online retailer is moving its headquarters out of Canada to the United States, hoping to compete better with Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. Amazon said Monday it will add 1,200 jobs at its Austin, Texas headquarters.
The decision is expected to lead to about 1,300 more Amazon employees being added to the Austin-based company’s workforce.
Amazon said it plans to hire nearly a third of its workforce from Canada by 2020.
Canada’s biggest online retailer, which sells ecommerce and technology products, said it would add 1.3 million online sales associates by 2020, a figure that would surpass its workforce in the U.S. Canadian officials said they are considering the impact on the Canadian economy and Canada’s economic competitiveness.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is expected make a statement later on Monday, is expected not to take a position on the decision.
Amazon, whose parent company is Canadian-based Amazon.ca, said in an email to employees that it was moving to the U, where it will be subject to federal regulations that could mean changes to the tax code.
While the company said it will retain many of its Canadian employees, it would not expand its Canadian operations.
“This is not about our long-term strategy for the future,” the email said.
Ahead of the announcement, the company called on Prime Minister Trudeau to help it with regulatory changes.
Trudeau has promised to help Amazon expand its U.K. operations.
The Prime Minister’s Office said it was looking into Amazon.UK’s proposed new rules.
Companies such as Amazon, Apple Inc. , Google and Microsoft Corp. have made it clear they are looking for ways to boost their sales in Canada, a country with a relatively small workforce.
They also are working on expanding their operations in the United Kingdom.
In its announcement, Amazon said it expected to hire 1,500 full-time employees and 700 part-time and temporary employees by 2021.
By 2020, the retailer plans to add nearly 2,000 full- and part-timers to its workforce, said the company.
It is investing $2 billion over the next five years to hire new people and hire talent to the Canadian retail workforce.
The company said in its announcement that it would spend $1.5 billion in the next four years to expand its ecommerce offerings in Canada.
Amazon.ca also said it expects to hire around 800 people over the coming years to staff its U