Oh, Canada! Find your tech talent here.

There’s an incredibly deep global reserve of tech workers that’s just waiting to be tapped by companies like yours.

And a healthy chunk of that tech talent? They live (and work) in the Great White North (Canada). Despite what you might’ve been led to believe, it’s not just hockey heroes and strategic maple syrup reserves up there.

In fact, there’s a growing number of businesses like yours who are looking to Canada as a tech talent hub. Now, let’s dig a little deeper into the reasons why:

Canada’s tech industry is huge and growing, with no signs of slowing down

We can say without any exaggeration that the scale (and speed) of tech industry growth in Canada is nothing short of staggering.

Looking at the hard numbers, a couple key stats jump out:

In Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, the “Toronto-Waterloo corridor” alone is home to a tech workforce that’s third in size behind the San Francisco Bay Area and New York Metropolitan tech clusters. If we look at the country as a whole, there are eight Canadian cities in total among North America’s top 50 tech markets, according to CBRE’s 2023 “Scoring Tech Talent” report.

Toronto is often referred to as the “Silicon Valley of the North” - and for good reason. There, you’ll find world-class universities, a rich, diverse talent pool and a thriving startup culture.

Montreal, meanwhile, has become a hub for artificial intelligence and neural network development. Over on the West Coast, Vancouver is home to well over 200 clean-tech/sustainability-focused startups and Calgary recently made the jump from a small to large tech market.

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Canada has a rich history of building major tech players

We get it – things move faster than fast in tech. But it wasn’t that long ago when giants like Nortel and Blackberry were born in Canada. Fast forward to today, and there are still plenty of made-in-Canada tech success stories, like Shopify and OpenText.

In addition to homegrown companies, we have also seen several of the world’s largest tech firms, like Google and Meta, set up shop in Canada.

Here’s the important thing to keep in mind: The tech talent behind those new and old companies is still here. And they’re ready to build the “next big thing.”

Question is – could that next big thing be you?

Canada is an incubator and supporter of world-class tech talent

We’ve talked about established Canadian tech talent, but what about the next generations? Well, from what we can see, the future's looking good for talent-hungry companies like yours.

For a start – you'll be spoiled for choice, as Canada currently boasts more than 2.8 million STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates in the workforce (according to the latest Canadian census data).

Canada also has one of the largest concentrations of engineering talent anywhere. The University of Waterloo alone has produced more than 19,000 math and engineering graduates over the past five years. If you are focused more on the IT space, Montreal’s universities boast three of the top 12 computer science programs in the country, as ranked by MacLeans magazine.

There are also many examples of academic institutions helping support and grow Canada’s tech startups.

For example, the University of Toronto is building the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus, which is set to house the country’s biggest concentration of A.I. and bio-tech startups.

Canada is an appealing nearshoring partner for US firms

Now, let’s dig into the practical benefits of hiring Canadian tech talent.

Many U.S. tech and IT consulting firms see Canada as an attractive nearshoring option for talent. Not only does Canada’s growing tech sector supply a steady stream of skilled and highly-educated workers, but those workers are generally more affordable and work in the same time zone.

This is especially appealing to smaller startups, as salaries in Canada tend to be lower compared with the U.S. and Western Europe.

From a productivity and day-to-day operations standpoint, nearshoring to Canada from the U.S. is appealing because of the broad similarities between the two countries. In most cases, hiring Canadian tech talent comes with no major language barriers or major time-zone differences and a very similar working culture.

Another major benefit is that Canada is home to an extremely diverse, welcoming and multicultural society. This makes the country a prime environment for attracting innovation and creativity the world over.

What does all of this mean for your business? An incredibly deep talent pool that’s within arm’s reach.

Gain the benefits of hiring Canada tech talent, without the drawbacks

Whether your plans are to expand your business, or you simply need hard-to-find candidates, we can help you build out your dream team and solve the biggest logistical challenges of hiring tech talent in Canada.

The experts at Bridgewater Talent Integration bring an exhaustive knowledge of federal and provincial employment and tax laws, and seamlessly handle your critical HR tasks, like payroll and benefits. The end result: Your business can hire Canadian tech talent without getting buried by paperwork, admin and compliance issues.

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