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We graduate over 25,000 students in STEM related programs every year in the Toronto Region, with nearly 290,000 people employed in tech related jobs – and that’s growing! With 18 nearby colleges and universities; including the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, ranking #10 and #31 globally for computer science programs (QS Rankings, 2018), your business can access some of the top tech talent in the world.
Just ask IBM, Alphabet (Google), HP, Cisco, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter how much they love being in the Toronto Region!
DoorDash, a leading last-mile logistics platform, recently announced the launch of a new engineering site in Toronto with plans to hire at least 50 engineers across backend, front-end and mobile roles by the end of the year. DoorDash first launched in Canada in 2015 and has since grown its presence to serve over 150 communities and over 30,000 merchant partners. DoorDash currently has offices in 4 cities including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. The company plans to continue hiring for roles across all sides of the business and increase the company’s total Canadian corporate headcount to 200 by the end of 2021.
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Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, recently announced its Toronto office, its first office in Canada. Cloudflare’s office plans represent the company’s continued investment and growing presence in the region and will support its expanding customer-base. Cloudflare’s new Canada-based team and operations will grow brand awareness, support, and acquire customers, and recruit new talent.
HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. In March 2021, HCL announced the expansion of its Canadian operations with a new global delivery centre in the Toronto Region, employing 350 people in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector when it opens, eventually growing to 500 positions.
Amazon is an American multinational technology company which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It is one of the Big Five companies in the U.S. information technology industry, along with Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook. Amazon recently announced plans to hire 1,800 new corporate and technology employees at its Canadian offices in 2021, including its Vancouver and Toronto Tech Hubs.
Uber Technologies Inc. will double the size of its Toronto technical team by the end of the year. The San Francisco, California based ride-hailing and food delivery company will hire about 60 people in engineering, design, data science and product management roles.
Samsung (2018): Samsung is setting up an engineering office in Toronto, focusing on artificial intelligence. This allows the company to tap into the rich AI ecosphere and talent pool.
Tech Mahindra (2018): This Indian-based digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering service and solutions company announced plans to develop a $100 million Centre of Excellence for AI and blockchain solutions.
Cognizant (2018): recently opened a new 50,000 square-foot technology and services delivery centre in Mississauga, which will house training rooms, a digital lab, delivery centre, co-innovation space, and up to 600 employees.
The Toronto Region’s tech industry is powered by approximately 290,000 skilled workers, making it one of the largest tech hubs in the world. In the last five years, Toronto added over 82,100 tech jobs, more than any other North American city (CBRE, 2018). With 670,000 STEM degree holders and over 60,000 international students, it’s no wonder why more than three quarters of Fortune 500 companies in the technology sector have a presence in the Toronto Region.
Canada attracts international tech talent in droves. There are approximately a quarter million International students enrolled at Canadian colleges and universities – a number that has been on the rise for two decades – and one in four of them are at Toronto Region institutions. International students are eligible for a post-graduation work permit that allows them to work in Canada for up to three years, giving employers access to the best and brightest graduates from around the world.
Canada’s Global Talent Stream also helps feed our talent pipeline by providing an expedited immigration track for professionals with specialized technical expertise – including software engineers, information systems analysts, computer programmers, and digital media designers, among others.
Global Talent Stream applicants can obtain a work permit is as little as two weeks, allowing tech companies to easily access the skills they need.
Our people are our greatest strength, producing cutting edge research and launching startups in burgeoning fields like AI and cybersecurity.
We attract and retain the best and brightest from all over the world thanks to the opportunity and quality of life we offer. That’s why we were voted as the best place to live and work for software developers (Teleport, 2016).
MaRS Discovery District: MaRS works with an extensive network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building our future. Located in the heart of Canada’s largest and the world’s most diverse city, MaRS is uniquely placed to lead change. MaRS brings together educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts under one roof.
YSpace Markham: Created and managed by Innovation York, YSpace is York University’s newest community innovation hub located in the heart of Downtown Markham. YSpace helps build great companies by connecting them with high-end equipment, access to capital and a network of influencers and entrepreneurs.
Creative Destruction Lab (CDL): Located at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, CDL helps innovators transition from science projects to high-growth companies. CDL is a seed-stage program that focuses on transition phase from pre-seed to seed-stage funding.
ventureLAB IBM Innovation Space: The IBM Innovation Space – Markham Convergence Centre is a collaborative innovation hub located inside the IBM Canada Headquarters. ventureLAB manages 50,000 square feet, housing over 40+ tech companies and 250+ tenants. ventureLAB acts as the Creative Director, offering exclusive in-house programs like the Venture Services program with on-site access to advisory services to startups in the space.
OneEleven: Located in Downtown Toronto, OneEleven is home to a community of high-performing technology scaleups. Membership in OneEleven unlocks unparalleled access to a highly-curated peer network, investment capital, best-in-class partners, on-demand services, and strategic support designed specifically to help businesses successfully navigate periods of substantial growth.
RIC Centre: Located in Mississauga, RIC Centre provides business startup services and access to incubator space for entrepreneurs, startups and mature tech companies that want to kick-start growth for their enterprise.
Haltech: Haltech is at the nexus of Halton Region’s innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth. Its mission is straightforward: to help technology entrepreneurs and companies develop and transform their ideas and product innovations into well positioned, growing ventures.
Spark Centre: Located in Oshawa, Spark Centre supports Durham Region and Northumberland County and serves technology and innovation entrepreneurs who require knowledge and support to launch, develop and grow.
1855: Located in Downtown Whitby’s Innovation District, the 1855 BDO Accelerator is a technology accelerator that positions established high-potential tech companies for the global stage. 1855 Whitby delivers the best in thought leadership, hands-on expertise, and mentorship to companies looking to scale.
The Toronto Region saw more than $1.4 billion in new tech investment in September 2018 alone – a record for Toronto that included:
Announced $570 million in investments, along with 500 new full-time jobs
Launching its newest engineering hub in Toronto, expanding its self-driving R&D centre and investing $200 million locally
Announced up to $500 million in investments and a new Toronto office to house thousands of employees