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Vancouver Ranks First for Largest Tech Job Growth in North America

The tech industry continues to be one of the fastest growing job markets in Canada. A recent study from the CBRE Group has revealed that Vancouver has had the largest growth in tech jobs across North America, coming out ahead of major cities like San Francisco, Seattle and New York.  

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The city of Vancouver is currently leading as one of the greatest rising markets for tech across Canada and the United States. With a tech growth rate of almost 30%, Vancouver had climbed up 27 spots, bumping Seattle from the top position. By comparison, the city had a tech growth rate of only 2.7% from 2015 and 2016.

In the past two years, Vancouver has added a total of 13,600 new high-tech software and service jobs, representing approximately 55% of new office jobs created in the city. The CEO of Innovate BC, Raghwa Gopal, shared that Vancouver has “always had a very high talent pool, and [he] think[s] that’s very attractive for companies when they move here, and hire people here as well.” 

Toronto also retains its reputation as being a major tech hub in North America, and had a job growth rate of 23.9% between 2017 and 2018. In addition, the city had created a total of 30,200 new tech jobs. Montreal followed behind with 8,800 tech jobs added and a growth rate of 11.4%

The report additionally forecasted where it saw the tech industry being headed, with Ottawa and Waterloo among the next tech markets to watch. With the tech industry in Canada continuing to boom, the need for more skilled tech workers to fulfill the growing number of tech jobs has never been greater!  

Work and Live in Vancouver

If you have a tech background and are interested in making Vancouver your permanent home, there are a few options you can consider. 

With the growing demand for tech talent in British Columbia, the province had launched the BC PNP Tech Pilot in 2017. To be considered, candidates are required to have a job offer from a BC employer in one of 29 in-demand tech occupations. Eligible candidates with a valid job offer can then create an immigration profile to apply to one of the BC PNP Skills Immigration Programs, with tech specific draws occurring regularly. 

Alternatively, the Express Entry system’s Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program specifically targets skilled workers. As a job offer is not required for this program, it is a great option for those in the tech field with at least one year of work experience and good language proficiency. Being eligible for one of these programs will put you on the path to permanent residency in Canada!  


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