Canada has been catching the fancy of top tech talent because of the abundance of tech firms that are present in the country. The country’s technology sector is filled with tons of companies that serve different industries, including the rapidly growing online casino Canada market.
According to a Canadian Tech Talent Report recently published by Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), Canada is among the most lucrative regions for IT personnel, owing to the abundance of both home-grown and international technology companies. Alongside the tech boom, Canada has also experienced incredible growth in the commercial and residential real estate market as more offices to house the companies and homes to house staffers have had to be constructed.
In today’s post, we take a look at the best cities for IT jobs in Canada plus their overall score in CBRE’S rankings, which weighed up markets based on talent accessibility, labour quality and cost competitiveness.
It’s not such a surprise that the city of Toronto tops the list with over 200,000 tech workers. Toronto scored an A+ thanks to its great quality of labour accompanied by a tech industry concentration of 8.3%. Moreover, between the years 2013 and 2018, the city had a 54% increase in technology talent workforce.
The city of Ottawa ranks number two in Canada, owing to its high concentration of tech jobs as a percentage of general employment. Roughly 10% of the city’s employees work in the technology sector, one of the most impressive rates in North America, and the capital has more than 64,000 tech workers. The fact that Ottawa is a government town makes these numbers even more impressive.
As the second runner up, Vancouver hosts roughly 75,000 tech workers, a number which is rising fast. The opening of operation bases by leading technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have strengthened its IT marketplace score, slingshooting it to an impressive A+ for the quality of tech talent. You may also be interested to know that the region has experienced a 40% growth rate in tech-related jobs between 2013 and 2018.
4. Waterloo Region
With over 20,000 tech workers, great quality of labour and a 40% growth rate within the tech sector, there’s no doubt Waterloo is one of the best places in Ontario for IT workers. Better yet, the Waterloo region is also considered as one of the best places to live in the country, owing to its safe environs and affordable cost of living.
Rounding out the top five is the city of Montreal. On the whole, the city enjoys the second-highest number of technology workers in Canada at more than 130,000 but compared to the top four, it only experienced a 14% growth rate in tech talent in the five years between 2013 to 2018.
This is where the overall score starts going down. Even though Calgary, Canada’s Oil rich city, scored an A when it comes to technology labour quality and employs around 40,000 tech workers, the city had an almost 7% decline in overall tech talent over the half a decade period starting 2013 to 2018.
Victoria city, which happens to be the smallest in the list, has something like 10,000 workers in the technology sector and went through a 15% five-year growth rate, most likely fuelled, to some extent, by Metro Vancouver’s lack of office space combined with the high standards of living.
8. Quebec City
Many a tourist’s favourite destination, Quebec City scored a B+ due to its quality of labour. Besides, the city has an overall technology talent pool of just below 30,000. More or less, 7% of all the employees in Quebec work in the technology sector, and the city had a 4.1% growth rate over 2013-2018 in the tech industry.
A moderately sized city, though surely getting bigger, Hamilton had just about 53% in general talent growth. Despite this, the city still has less than 20,000 employees in the tech business.
A sister to Calgary city, Edmonton has approximately 28,500 tech employees. This is about 4.2% of its overall employment, and it scored an A because of its good quality of employees. Unlike Calgary, the city of Edmonton had a 25.7% growth rate of tech sector workforce in the five years between 2013 to 2018.
If you are an IT pro or you’re just starting your career, then it is safe to say that Canada is a country that will offer you the best chances for growth and a promising future with tons of opportunities. Given that the country as a whole doesn’t have restrictive policies or conservative policymakers in relation to foreign companies, it’s a great place to be in if you’re also interested in working for a globally recognized tech giant.