Hospitalité Sonder Canada and the Quebec government have announced the creation of hundreds of new Montreal jobs over the next few years.

Sonder's $182-million expansion project in Quebec will create around 700 new jobs between 2021 and 2025, "including about 100 in the IT field, with an average annual salary of $140,000," according to a statement.

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Founded in Montreal in 2012, Sonder is a tourist accommodation company that offers short-term rentals in 35 cities around the world, relying on "innovation and technology to redefine the travel experience."

With an expanded "international growth centre" in Montreal, the company aims "to operate a technology development, customer service and administrative support department." 

Of the $182-million investment, the government is chipping in a $30-million loan from the coffers of Investissement Quebec. 

Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, praised Sonder's plan to bring 700 new jobs to the metropolis and said that its centre here will "strengthen the city's position in digital technologies and artificial intelligence."

Premier François Legault added, "If you are looking for a place to invest and to prosper, as well as a daring government that will help you carry out your projects quickly and that will be a partner in your growth, Quebec is the best place in the world."

"We are very happy to be banking on the Quebec ecosystem in terms of technologies to continue to innovate on an international scale and to create hundreds of quality jobs," said Francis Davidson, president and CEO of Hospitality Sonder Canada.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article's headline, using a statement issued by the Government of Quebec, misstated the number of jobs that would have an average salary of $140,000. It has been updated with accurate information.