Amazon A Great Thing For Eastern Ontario: Gordon

Amazon is coming to Eastern Ontario and building a 1-million-square-foot distribution centre in the east end of the Ottawa.

An Amazon spokesperson says they are hiring 600 jobs across in all that will range from operations managers to engineers, HR, and IT roles.

It will be located on Boundary road, just off the Highway 417.

Locally, the Mayor of North Grenville David Gordon says that that benefit spills over into the entire Eastern Ontario region.

"Let's face it, when Amazon comes in they generate a lot of money, and lot of jobs, and there's a lot of spin off," he says. "And housing, our housing market is hot right now, they'll be a lot of people looking to move out of the Ottawa hub and into a more pastural-type setting."

Gordon calls it a win-win for areas like Kemptville.

"I'm very excited about the news. It's bringing in financial investment, not just to Ottawa but to all of Eastern Ontario, and North Grenville," he says "And North Grenville, will benfit from those companies supplying Amazon."

Shovels have hit the ground and Mayor Jim Watson expects construction to take about 18 months.