Canada‘s tech sector will be leading the economic recovery of the country post-coronavirus, predict a study. A white paper report named ‘The Post-Viral Pivot: How Canada’s Tech Startups Can Drive the Recovery from COVID-19’ recently published by the Innovation Economy Council (IEC) points out that all other industry sectors in Canada are increasingly depending on tech companies for cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, data privacy, advanced manufacturing, clean technology etc.
The report observes that tech companies are in fact growing despite the pandemic crisis. These companies stay afloat because either they are already in a position to respond to the changing demands of the market or they have succeeded in adapting themselves to the changes induced by COVID-19 in the market.
According to the report, the following Canadian tech companies are hiring currently and they are expected to grow further amid the pandemic crisis:
Shopify is a popular e-commerce company based in Ottawa, Canada. On May 8, the careers page of Shopify listed a total of 77 vacancies. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, Shopify witnessed an increase in business by 47 percent or $470 million during the same period in 2020.
Cyclica is a biotechnology company based out of Toronto, Ontario and the careers page of the company has featured three open positions–two in computational scientist and one in intermediate software developer roles. The company partnered with Mannin Research for developing treatments for COVID-19 recently.
This Toronto-based company offers a database of suppliers thus helping the businesses find the goods and services required for their operations. When the pandemic affected the supply chains, Tealbook offered free reports for businesses in April. The company is hiring senior developers and product managers.
The company based in Montreal offers virtual healthcare services. They offer special COVID-19 resources that include a free virtual tool named Cloe for addressing Corona-virus related questions. Dialogue Technologies is hiring for tech positions as well as finance, legal, HR, sales, and medical positions.
Mind Beacon based in Toronto offers digital mental health services. They are offering a free COVID-19 program named Stronger Minds for Canadians. Mind Beacon is hiring for health-related positions.
Options for immigration for tech workers
1. Global Talent Stream connects Canadian companies with foreign workers. Under the stream, selected candidates get work permit within just two weeks.
2.Ontario Tech Pilot: Ontario Tech Pilot stream aligned to the Express Entry allows candidates with work experience in six tech-related occupations to apply for a provincial nomination
3. British Columbia Tech Pilot stream: BC PNP conducts Tech Pilot draws almost every week. Candidates with a job offer in any one of the 29 tech occupations may receive invitations under either the Skills Immigration stream or the Express Entry BC stream.
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