Technology

TECH IN TORONTO:
#1 IN TECH JOB GROWTH IN NORTH AMERICA

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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!

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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).

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Did You Know?

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