National Research: Digital Economy Talent Supply: Immigration Stream - Information and Communications Technology Council
Saturday, October 8, 2016

This study looks at immigrants employed in Canada's technology sector and contains recommendations for efficiently attracting and integrating immigrants into the ICT workforce.


This report examines the labour market impact of immigrants in Canada’s digital economy and the importance of immigration as a competitive advantage for Canada in the global digital economy. It provides a detailed breakdown of immigrants employed in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roles and provides specific recommendations on what Canadian policy makers, employers, and educators need to do to secure top international digital talent in the competitive global labour market.

Currently, there are more than 350,000 (40%) immigrants employed in ICT jobs in Canada’s digital economy. About 96% are permanent residents or Canadian citizens and 4% are temporary workers. Permanent and temporary ICT immigrants enter the country via a number of different pathways and represent an important segment of the economic migrants coming to Canada. Since the 2008 global recession, the proportion of immigrants (permanent and temporary) in the digital economy has increased steadily each year.

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