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Google to Hire Up To 5,000 Employees in Canada

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.

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Ruth Porat

CFO, Google

Google is moving to Canada even though the Canadian government has promised to tax the revenue of advertising-driven digital giants such as Facebook and Google. However, one of Canadian newspapers, Globe and Mail, has investigated and found that the Trudeau government has sent some internal memos wanting to expand Google presence into Canada.

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.

Security Firm OneSpan Opens R&D in Montreal

Security firm from Chicago is opening a center in Montreal to do their R&D. They will be investing $9m to operate the center there.

This is on top of their existing office there where they employ 150 employees. This new addition should add another 100 hires.

Company claims to have over 10,000 clients and employs over 600 employees worldwide.

Data breaches, identity theft, and financial fraud have become all too common features of our modern digital life. OneSpan is dedicated to protecting people from financial fraud and stopping billions of dollars in losses for consumers, banks, and businesses.

Our new Montréal R&D centre and the city’s world class technical talent will play a prominent role in ensuring OneSpan remains at the forefront in preventing fraud in the global financial services industry.

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Scott Clements

Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director at OneSpan

This is a big win for Quebec government who had their share of controversy in the last few months. This shows that current Quebec government can attract foreign investment into the province.

Eric Girard, Quebec’s Minister of Finance, said that “It is essential to develop high-level expertise in personal data and information protection in Québec. Cybersecurity and data protection remain a priority of our government.”

Montreal is well known in the world for its amazing game development contribution with companies like Ubisoft and Eidos. Now they can add two more to their list: artificial intelligence and cyber security.

It is impressive to see that Montreal IT work-force has increased from 100,000 to 150,000 in less than a decade.

Toronto Is The Best City To Launch Startup In Canada, 8Th In The World

Toronto is once again has been named as one of the best cities in the world to start your tech startup business.

Experts at Movinga, online platform-based moving company, have crunched the numbers and named Toronto as one of the best cities to launch tech startup in the world.

Movinga looked at 75 cities around the world and ranked them based on their “entrepreneurial spirit, business opportunities and economic growth”. They also looked into “looking into startup costs, opportunities for female founders and the typical timeframe for setting up a new business”.

Top three cities for tech startups were San Francisco, London and New York City.

Toronto was the only city in Canada that made the top 10 list.

The main industries for growth in the tech/digital venture category is one of the most interesting datasets in this study. With Artificial Intelligence taking top spot and Blockchain making a noticeable appearance, digital entrepreneurs are clearly leveraging future-facing technologies more than ever.

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Marta Blanco Amez

Vice President of Marketing at Movinga

Vancouver and Montreal were among other Canadian cities that made the overall list. Vancouver was #16 and Monteal was #32.

Toronto and Montreal were highlighted as great cities for Artificial technologies while Vancouver was commended for great Block-chain technology use.

Cities were scored on the following criteria

Tech Ecosystem
This score indicates the digital business ecosystem available in a city by analysing the number of existing companies recently launched.
The Tech Ecosystem score is based on the number of recent startups and for the purpose of this study, a startup is defined as a company founded after 30/6/2017.

Human Capital
This score indicates the available tech workforce.
Human Capital consists of the average number of people working at a startup in technology-related and digital businesses. Additionally, it contains the current number of job vacancies for developers. For the purpose of this study, a startup is defined as a company founded after 30/6/2017.

Venture Capital
This score analyses how many companies have received venture capital to evaluate the funding environment in the city.
The score indicates the sum of the (publicly available) amount of funding that technology-related and digital startups received. For the purpose of this study, a startup is defined as a company founded after 30/6/2017.

Main Industry for Growth
This factor reveals the most popular type of startup in the city.
The results are the category/categories with the most startups in a city. For the purpose of this study, a startup is defined as a company founded after 30/6/2017.

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How tech startup scene in Toronto , Montreal and Vancouver stack up

In overall tech ecosystem Toronto was #7, Vancouver #16, Montreal #32.

When it came to availability of tech staff to do the job , Vancouver was the ranked the best in Canada at # 24 , Toronto #39 and Montreal was at #42.

Easiest cities in Canada to raise money for technology startups were: Toronto at #22, Vancouver at #27, and Montreal at #31.

Surprises?

It was surprising to see Sao Paulo Brazil and Singapore making it in the top 10 list.

It was interesting to see Tallinn as top of the cities for availability of great tech talent.

And less of a surprise it was striking to see that Beijing and Shangai beat New York when it comes to VC money. You would think New York would be #1 in this.

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Lyft is launching in Montreal soon

Montreal is slowly catching up to Toronto. Lyft has mentioned that they are looking to add Montreal to their list of Canadian locations where they operate. They have been operating in The Greater Toronto area since the end of 2018. They also have recently launched their service in Ottawa.

Lyft mentioned that they potentially will be launching in the summer of 2019 in Montreal. Lyft thinks that the new Bill 21 in Quebec will be good for their business, even though hundreds of taxi drivers there protested against it, and some even did self imposed harm, like cutting their wrists on live TV, to get media attention.

Bill 17 helps deregulate Quebec’s taxi industry and makes it easier for ride sharing companies to open up there. Quebec government has also said that taxi drivers will be compensated for the inconvenience.

Lyft is currently in talks with Quebec to get the best deal sorted out. Ideally they said they want to launch in Montreal, Gatineau, and Quebec City.

Bonne Chance! Launch date in Quebec is coming soon (and will be updated here).

And if you are looking for a job in social media or software engineering, Lyft is hiring in Montreal – make sure to apply today: https://www.lyft.com/careers?location=montreal%252C%2520canada

Montreal French Quebecor Violated CRTC Regulations

Update: CRTC said that during disputes – it is illegal for channel owners to just switch off their signal and owners should be penalized. Quebecor, Pierre Karl Péladeau, said that he does not recognize CRTC authority. Bell said that Quebecor license should be suspended immediately and for duration of hockey playoffs. CRTC said that it will announce its ruling soon.


Quebecor, communications company based in Montreal, founded by pro Quebec separatist Pierre Péladeau, has run afoul of CRTC, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, regulations.

Quebecor blocked TVA Sports signal to Bell TV subscribers. TVA Sports is what a lot of French speaking subscribers use to watch their sports in French. Bell as well as CRTC called this action as illegal.

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The Quebecor started blocking the channel on the night when hockey playoffs have begun and irritated a lot of Bell users who watch TVA Sports.

Quebecor said that the reason for cutting the channel is because it does not believe Bell is paying it enough for their specialty channels and wants more money from Bell.

Bell said that customers affected by the blockage can watch “Sportsnet, Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360 at no extra cost.”

CRTC threaten Quebecor saying it is “ready to use the means at its disposal to enforce its regulation” and wants Quebecor to resume TVA Sports to Bell subscribers as per contract immediately.
Patricia Valladao, CRTC spokesperson, “We take this issue very seriously and are taking steps to protect Canadians,”

Quebecor in its defense said in a press release:

“Quebecor regrets having to take this action, but given the current obsolete regulatory framework, the survival of specialty channels is at stake.

We’re talking about a commercial business dispute. It’s unfortunate that fans are caught in the middle.”

Montreal Confoo Development Conference Is About to Start; Enter to Win a Ticket

We are delighted to say that we have teamed up with founders of Confoo conference to do a raffle for readers of Planetweb for one free ticket to their upcoming conference. Their ticket is valued at over $1k, so we are very grateful at them giving us this opportunity. Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter. Please note, we will be accepting entries until March 8th 12pm EST.

If you do not get lucky, and can not win the ticket, you can still buy tickets as they have only about 5 tickets left by visiting the following link to Confoo Montreal developer conference to buy tickets. Please note conference is about to start on March 13 – 15, 2019.

You never heard of Confoo? You must have been living under a rock. They have been hosting developer conference for over 10 years with two events in Canada: Vancouver and Montreal. They have over 150 presentations by popular international speakers and are focused on pragmatic solutions for web developers. Definitely some great content and amazing experience.

Their conference in Montreal covers many different languages and technology trends like .NET C#, Javascript, PHP, Java, Node JS , Artificial intelligence and Microservices. But do not take just our word for it – see what people say who have attended Confoo below.

Without further ado, the raffle form is below – please make sure to answer skill testing question correctly to qualify. Good luck. 1 winner will be announced on Friday March 8th, 2019.

Montreal, AI powerhouse, according to Wired

Wired magazine ran a story this weekend declaring Montreal as a clear winner in artificial intelligence.

Wired magazine claims that due to cheap office rent and “community feel” Montreal is able to capture a lead in AI space.

According to PwC, Montreal has raised more capital than any other Canadian cities with total value of investment over $800m. When comparing to the US or San Francisco or New York that is very small but when comparing to other cities in Canada, that’s quite a large chunk of money.

Enticed by Montreal’s low cost of doing business and its research in AI, companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google opened offices in Montreal. Even Canadian government pledged further $200m to subsidize the growing AI industry in Montreal.

Yoshua Bengio, world-renowned expert in deep learning, claims Montreal is becoming “a mini Silicon Valley”.

Damien Silès, director of the Quartier de l’innovation, an experimental city laboratory, claims Montreal success is due to Montreal’s

“speaking French with joie de vivre but we’re acting North American – it’s totally different.”

There is also dirt cheap rent in Monteal that’s been low since major companies moved away from Quebec in the 80s and 90s and took head offices and thousands of jobs with them to mainly neighboring province of Ontario.

Quebec has also been struggling as of late to keep people to stay in their province – statistics show that Quebec had a net loss of 37,000 in the last 5 years. This can be attributed to many negative factors in Quebec such as very high taxes, low salaries, negative attitudes towards minorities, and French requirements.

Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration said:

“”I think some of the things that are driving these departures, which are taxation issues, higher income, are things the government needs to work on.

The government needs to be working on lowering people’s taxes. Probably that’ll create a bit more motivation for people who don’t want to leave and want to explore opportunities here with the knowledge that the amount of income they risk losing due to taxation is in a better position.”

Team Fluent.ai after another long and tiring but successful day at #CES. Come by our booth #80927 in Sands Expo.

Wired also highlighted some leading AI firms in Montreal as being:

  • Automat
  • Mylo
  • Dialogue
  • wrnch
  • Fluent.ai
  • Element AI

But Montreal can win big if it stays open minded and can generate some success stories. Philippe Telio, founder of Montreal Startupfest, says that the only thing holding Montreal back, is a breakout success story.

“Like any community we’re starting to see some great successes, but like any great ecosystem we need a couple of billion-dollar companies to showcase.”

Common Montreal you can do it! You can see list of top AI firms to work for in Montreal we published few months ago.