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Tech Workers Head to Calgary and Edmonton In U.S. Brain Drain

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in How To Move To Canada and Tech Immigration

Tech Workers Head to Calgary and Edmonton In U.S. Brain Drain

A new report by commercial real estate firm CBRE ranks Canadian cities Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta in the top 10 cities for tech workers. Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal, Quebec are listed in the top 5 cities with the greatest percentage increase in tech talent. According to the author of the CBRE report, Colin Yasukochi, tech talent is the primary element driving a city's "innovation infrastructure," which also includes education and research opportunities.

With tech talent pools of well over 150,000 people, the San Francisco and Toronto metro areas have the highest concentration of workers. The pandemic and the ability to work remotely has encouraged many people to move away from large metropolitan areas where jobs were located to smaller cities with a higher quality of lifestyle and lower costs.

Canada and the U.S. Brain Drain

During the Trump administration, the United States enacted policies that restricted legal immigration, causing issues for both foreign workers and American businesses. Canada took advantage of America's hardline immigration policies to recruit tech talent and launch new immigration initiatives that made the process faster for both individuals and the companies that hire them. The Financial Post summarized the U.S. Brain Drain:

In recent years, Canada has been able to more than offset the loss of homegrown talent by making it easier for the best and brightest from the rest of the world to work here. As former president Donald Trump made it more difficult to get a U.S. work visa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced a program that allowed technology workers to obtain a Canadian visa in a matter of weeks.

Tech Immigration to Canada

Toronto is attracting tech talent faster than any other city in North America, and is now the 4th largest tech hub in North America, following the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington and Seattle. Multiple private and public factors have contributed to Canada's ability to attract foreign tech workers:

  • Canada Wants Immigrants
    Canada is actively recruiting
    skilled and educated tech workers, entrepreneurs and international students to help rebuild the economy, replace an ageing workforce and create new jobs for Canadians.

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