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Tech Jobs for New Immigrants in Canada

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Tech Jobs for New Immigrants in Canada

Jade Calver

According to the 2017 Annual Review of the Labour Market released by Statistics Canada, last year represented the highest rate of job growth in the past decade. This growth has driven increases in full-time work. Furthermore, one of the fastest growing sectors in 2017 was professional, scientific, and technical services. “For the professional, scientific, and technical services sector as a whole, average weekly earnings were $1,347 (+2.3%).” There was also a high job vacancy rate in this sector.  

Statistics Canada: Annual Review of the Labour Market 2017
Quick Facts About the Tech Sector

  • Average weekly earnings in tech sector: $1,347

  • There’s a high job vacancy rate in the tech sector in Canada (3.1%)

  • Employment growth in Canada’s tech sector was in computer systems design and related services

Canada’s Multi-Year Immigration Plan

At the end of 2017, the Government of Canada released a multi-year immigration plan. This plan, effective from 2018 to 2020 aims to welcome almost 1 million new immigrants as Permanent Residents. Of the one million new immigrants, approximately 60 percent will come through economic pathways, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Business Class, and the Provincial Nominee Program.

Will immigrants be able to fill tech jobs?

According to the 2017 year-end report for the Express Entry system, jobs in technology were among the top three positions for receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency. These positions include Information Systems Analysts and Consultants, Software Engineers, and Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers.

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What types of jobs are available?

The Information and Communications Technology Council released an outlook report for the digital technology industry in Canada in upcoming years. This report indicates that the five key transformational technologies in Canada will be Virtual and Augmented Reality, 5G Mobile, 3D Printing, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to ICTC, these sectors of the digital and technology economy will have the highest demand for skilled workers. The Information and Communication technology is growing and Canada needs more workers to fill these positions.

Where are tech jobs available?

Toronto is a popular city for new immigrants seeking to work in the tech industry. The city is known for being a financial capital of the country and is home to some major companies in the tech industry, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Shopify. Some of the available tech jobs in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) can be found in Telecommunication, Internet Publishing, Data Processing, Computer System Design, Navigational Manufacturing, Software Publishing, Software Engineering, and more.

Immigration Programs for Tech Industry Workers

There are a number of immigration programs available for those considering immigrating for a job in the tech industry, immigrants may consider:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) – the Express Entry system helps skilled workers with education and language proficiency to immigrate quickly to Canada as permanent residents.

  • Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) – similar to the FSW, this program targets skilled workers but it is run by the province of Quebec. So, individuals with connections to Quebec are best suited to this class of entry.

  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) – each of Canada’s provinces has its own immigration programs to meet its own economic needs. These programs target workers with experience in certain occupations with high vacancy rates.

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