Google has announced last week that it will be adding three times more employees than they have now in Toronto, Montreal and Waterloo – Kitchener, Ontario.
Google hopes to get the hires in within the next few years. Each location will get a new office. Kitchener is expected to have the largest number of employees hired, as many as 3,000.
Google is following the lead of Amazon, Microsoft, and Shopify – all opening new offices and increasing staff in Canada. This can definitely help persuade some Canadian engineers not to move to USA for work and stay local. On the other hand, with unemployment rate as low as 1% in IT field, this may prevent some local tech companies and startups from hiring local IT talent as salaries might increase and available tech talent decrease.
The open web allows any size company or individual creator in Canada to become a global business and reach customers. Canada’s digital economy is now bigger than its forestry, mining and gas industries, and the transition to digital reflects incredible momentum for Canadian businesses leveraging data and online technologies.
There will be many IT jobs to choose from such as software development, game development, sales leadership, AI research and Cloud expertise.
This new expansion from Microsoft, Shopify, Amazon, and now Google puts tremendous pressure on local tech companies in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa where demand for IT talent has skyrocketed in the last 5 years.
With such a rapid hiring, we can see tech salaries in cities like Montreal , Toronto and Waterloo to grow as the tech giants compete for talent.
As you probably have already heard NYC lost its Amazon HQ2 due to much publicized debate in New York City about why a city should subsidize a company with billions of dollars in profits when they can put money to better use to address issues such as shortage of housing and poverty.
Amazon decided to pull out of New York on Thursday last week due to tremendous pressure put by local government. Amazon was supposed to invest billions of dollars and hire 50,000 high-paying mainly tech jobs.
“A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward.”
This development might help Donald Trump to get reelected in few years as Republicans can paint Democrats as anti-business and not open for business.
Some local companies were not happy with this announcement.
“I’m really upset because I don’t think they realized what they did. And they’re proud of it? They think they did something lovely? They wanted the political gain, they should have done it in a different way. They get put into office for us, not to work for themselves.”
Gianna Cerbone, Restaurant Owner in interview with New York Times
Within hours of Amazon’s announcement that they are pulling out of the city, Toronto Mayor was quick to try to entice them to come to Toronto again.
Amazon said in a statement that it did “not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time.” Even if they would even consider Toronto, some Toronto residents like John Tokatlidis were not so happy about this idea.
“Never mind Amazon. How are you improving our public transit?For one, why is Dundas West Station and the Up Express/Go Station not connected? It’s also not accessible for some citizens. We need you to prioritize and fix the issues. Homelessness on the rise. You are pushing runaway development to make this your Mega city that you have forgotten your election promises. Get to work Mr Tory, do the job you were elected to do! “
John Tokatlidis, Toronto’s resident in Facebook comment
Toronto tech scene just keeps on growing. The new company among many other companies like Microsoft, Pinterest and others, is Accenture – a leading global professional services company.
Accenture announced that they will be building a Technology Innovation Hub in the City of Toronto and will bring 800 jobs with it by 2020 (about 500 in Toronto, others spread out across Canada). This will help them compete and transform in the digital economy.
Update: We have recently learned that both Amazon and Uber are hiring for AI tech jobs in Toronto such as AI Research Scientist (Self Driving), Computer Vision & Machine Learning Engineer/Research, and Data Scientist.
Artificial intelligence took off like a wild fire in the last few years with Federal Government of Canada supporting the industry with millions of dollars in grants.
Not surprising Toronto has taken a lead in this AI domain, and has over 45 active artificial intelligence organizations employing over 1,500 employees and raised more than $170 million dollars.
Below we list the most prominent 14 leaders in AI space in the Greater Toronto Area as well as Waterloo.
Top Artificial Intelligence AI Companies Hiring in Toronto
Aislelabs’ technology transforms brick and mortar locations to smart venues, resulting in effective marketing, increased sales, and better customer satisfaction. We serve enterprise customers globally including major shopping centres, airports, transit hubs, big box retail chains and venues.
Angoss is a global leader in delivering predictive analytics to businesses looking to improve performance across risk, marketing and sales. With a suite of big data analytics software solutions and consulting services, Angoss delivers powerful approaches that provide you with a competitive advantage by turning your information into actionable business decisions.
For biomedical researchers who are starting experiments, BenchSci is a reagent intelligence platform that transforms published data into experiment-specific recommendations to reduce time, money and uncertainty in planning materials and methods.
Our goal for the Hubba Discovery Network is to be the first place buyers and influencers start every journey to learn about interesting and new brands and products. We are product people, too, and we built a site for product people like you.
PumpUp is a positive community to share and achieve your health goals. The PumpUp community is a safe and supportive space to share your journey toward a healthy body and healthy mind. Share your challenges and triumphs, track your fitness, and receive unparalleled support from a global community of like-minded people. PumpUp equips you with the tools you need to live a healthy lifestyle in a positive way. With millions of inspiring people cheering you on, it’s never been easier to become the best version of you!
StackAdapt is the no. 1 performing native advertising platform helping brands accelerate customer engagement and acquisition. This state-of-the-art platform is where some of the most progressive work in machine learning meets cutting-edge user experience. Ranking the highest in customer satisfaction and performance by G2 Crowd in the DSP category for the fourth time, StackAdapt is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada and ranks 6th in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 ranking and 23rd in Fast 500 in North America.
At Kognitive Marketing we create engaging experiential marketing campaigns that consumers actually want to participate in, thus increasing customer conversions and maximizing sales and brand equity for the client.
Maropost is a B2C cloud-based revenue optimization suite that gives companies the ability to increase multi-channel customer engagement to maximize revenue. Through integrated marketing and sales automation, Maropost provides essential tools, strategic guidance, and support needed to create more personalized customer experiences through a 360-degree business view – from marketing automation to CRM, commerce, and customer support.
Together with its global team of creative problem-solvers, Nanoleaf is ushering in a new era of beautifully personalized lighting experiences. This brave new world extends far beyond the lightbulb and into a new reality where lighting transforms to meet your needs for every moment of every day. Every product created by Nanoleaf embodies our philosophy of ‘Smarter by Design.’
Zoom.ai is SaaS start-up, utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to enrich all employees’ work experience while increasing workplace productivity. Zoom.ai operates like a virtual helper, chatting with each employee in their favorite chat application and off-loading repetitive, low-value, day-to-day tasks. Key tasks include document generation, corporate information discovery, and full lifecycle calendaring.
No no, This is not their 2nd HQ office. Amazon is opening a second office in Vancouver to grow their team from 1,000 tech professionals to 2,000 within the next few years.
Alexandre Gagnon, Amazon Canada VP said:
“Amazon is excited to continue growing our workforce throughout Canada. We are among the largest employers of software engineers in Canada and look forward to continuing to create new job opportunities for Canadians.”
Vancouver Mayor Robertson could not have been more excited when he twitted: