Canadian Cities Lead The Way In IT In 2018

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According to a recently released report by CBRE Group, Toronto has added most technology jobs in the last five years and boasts the fourth best tech talent market in Canada and the US. Between 2012-2017, Toronto added 82,100 technology-related jobs, beating out even the San-Francisco Bay Area!

Ottawa ranked 13th, followed by Montreal (14th) and Vancouver. Over the five-year period ending 2017, Montreal added 22,300 jobs, Vancouver added 16,100, and Ottawa added 9,700 jobs.

In comparison to 2017, Toronto ranked two spots higher, manifesting strong job growth and the highest ratio of created jobs compared with the number of tech degrees in the city.

Ottawa has the highest concentration of tech talent in the Americas (11.2% of all jobs), ahead of San Francisco (9.8%) and Toronto (8.9%). Ottawa also showed the highest tech tool with 15.2 percent tech employment growth in 2015-2017.

Ottawa also offers the highest average wages in IT in Canada at US$67,871.

According to an earlier report by the Communication Technology Council, Canada plans to attract 182,000 workers in the Information Technology (IT) sector in 2015-2019. As a result, the number of candidates with IT work experience being invited to apply has increased over time.

Provincial Opportunities

If you have IT experience, we would recommend a combination of Express Entry/Provincial Nominee Programs. In order to apply for provincial nomination, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. Provinces use their Provincial Nominee Program streams in different ways. For example, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan open their doors on a first-come, first served basis to candidates in specific occupations, whereas Ontario searches for candidates in the pool before issuing a provincial Notification of Interest (NOI).

Certain provinces, using their Provincial Nominee Program streams, are explicitly seeking out IT workers in the Express Entry pool. For example, the province of Ontario, which is a very popular destination for permanent residents, has a Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream that only selects eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool. Applications under this stream are submitted through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

Candidates with work experience in any of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes were eligible to receive an NOI, even if they scored less than 400 points:

  • Telecommunication Carriers Managers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • Software Engineers and Designers
  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
  • Web Designers and Developers
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Computer Network Technicians
  • User Support Technicians
  • Systems Testing Technicians
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Graphic Designers and Illustrators

The government of Saskatchewan set up an excellent tech careers web page, showing the range of tech-related jobs in the province, which is located in Western Canada.

In 2018, New Brunswick is looking for newcomers in the following occupations:

  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • User support technicians
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Computer network technicians

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are the best locations in Canada for IT jobs?


  • Canada’s Technology Triangle in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario;
  • Vancouver, British Columbia;
  • Markham, Ontario;
  • Silicon Valley North – the National Capital Region around Ottawa, Ontario, Bayview Yards;
  • Greater Toronto Area – specifically Mississauga and Brampton;
  • Cité Multimédia, Montreal;
  • Montréal Technoparc, Montréal.

Q: What are the most popular IT jobs in Canada?

A: In 2018, the following IT jobs are the most popular in Canada:

  • Software Engineering Manager;
  • Solutions Architect;
  • Data Scientist;
  • Data Engineer;
  • Frontend Engineer.

Q: What is an average salary in IT in Canada in 2018?

A: The average IT salary in Canada is $75,863 per year or $39 per hour. This is 2.3 times more than the country’s median average. Entry-level positions start at $53,000, with most experience workers making as much as $106,000. An IT Manager is getting $82,290, while the Regional IT Specialist’s salary reaches $73,158.

How Jane Katkova & Associates can help

You can naturally try to complete your Express Entry profile on your own, if you can do everything properly. We, at Jane Katkova and Associates, offer our clients an Express Entry Assist program. We will help you with your Express Entry profile and will tell you all you need to know about Express Entry draws in 2018. We know which points to highlight to maximize your score. We know how to present your IT experience effectively. We know how to comply with specific requirements to streamline your application and improve your chances of an Invitation to Apply letter.

And, when you receive an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence, we can help you prepare an error-free, IRCC-ready application, which will run smoothly and quickly through IRCC system. There can be a good deal of paperwork, and we know how to handle that properly.

The prediction for 2018 is rather good, as compared to 2017. We expect more invitations to apply with a gradual decrease of the Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off score. Having IT background can give you good points to be selected in an Express Entry draw.

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