Over 32,000 new tech workers came to Canada
Over 32,000 new tech workers came to Canada in the past year according to the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and Canada’s Tech Network (CTN) has released a report on the migration of tech workers and jobs in Canada.
The report found that Between April 2022 and March 2023 over 32,000 new tech workers came to Canada in the past year, mainly from India and Nigeria. Mississauga, Montreal, and Waterloo were the top cities for tech talent, with Ontario having the most tech workers.
According to the report, smaller provinces like Saskatchewan Newfoundland, and Labrador are seeing rapid growth, with Windsor having the highest increase in tech workers.
According to a recent report from The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and Canada’s Tech Network (CTN), India accounted for the greatest cohort of global tech industry workers who migrated to Canada between April 2022 and March 2023.
According to the survey, 15,097 of the more than 32,000 tech professionals came from India, followed by 1,808 from Nigeria, due in part to Canada’s immigration-friendly national policy and labor cost advantage.
Mississauga, home to roughly 1,000 IT companies and over 300,000 IT employees, and Montreal, where tech ecosystems grew by around 31% between 2015 and 2020, were among the top Canadian destinations to attract talent.
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Canada’s new Tech Talent Strategy
On June 27, 2023, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), launched Canada’s first-ever Tech Talent Strategy at Collision 2023. The strategy aims to help businesses in Canada compete by attracting highly skilled workers in in-demand occupations and promoting Canada as a destination for digital nomads. The strategy includes:
- creating an open work permit stream for H-1B visa holders,
- Expanding the Innovation Stream under the International Mobility Program,
- improving the Start-up Visa Program, and increasing spots for applicants
- a return to the Global Skills Strategy’s 14-day service requirement for work permits,
- promoting Canada as a place for digital nomads to live,
- The establishment of a STEM-specific draw as part of category-based selection to send out more invitations to apply through the Express Entry program
The government will prioritize applications supported by venture capital, angel investor groups, and business incubators. The goal is to attract the skills and business talent needed to create jobs for the future. Canada’s new tech talent Strategy complete update.
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