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Montreal reclaims reigns to economic success after Covid-19 as investments pool in

As the world steps out of its shell following waves of vaccination, Montreal is not taking a breather before getting back to work. Canada’s second-largest city saw a staggering $1.86 billion dollars in foreign investments in the first half of 2021. 

This investment boom can be attributed to many things and has far-reaching implications for the city’s job market. First of all, it’s essential to acknowledge that the pandemic didn’t create a miraculous fix to attract investments. It was quite the opposite. The lockdowns following the spread of the virus stopped Montreal’s economic boom in its path. So the developments taking place right now were due a hot second ago. 

One of the reasons can be traced to Quebec’s decision to seek out American investments. One notable achievement of this pursuit was when Microsoft decided to buy the Canadian tech startup, Maluuba back in 2017. That being said, the pandemic did have a role to play in boosting media, IT, and cybersecurity-based firms because more people started valuing these things as they shifted online. 

Montreal is making the most out of this opportunity as it snowballs on its success. Great things are coming their way. 

Companies in the city launched 40 new projects while creating 6,300 new jobs. France’s L’Oreal, a leading name in the global cosmetic industry, also launched a project in the city’s Saint-Laurent borough. The project involves an expansion in distribution centers, adding 20,000 storage capacity pallets. 

All this is excellent news for the people of Montreal who didn’t have smooth sailing through the pandemic. Being a central hub in the country and housing 8.6 million of its residents, the city was shaken more strongly by the virus than others in North America. Death and disease were no strangers to the people, forcing everyone to strict lockdowns. 

With doubling down efforts on vaccination, the city is currently in its transition from lockdowns to a new normal. A testament to the people’s strength, the city has shown an increase in employment compared to before the pandemic.

10 Tips to Get A Job At Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon

Since many big tech firms are moving recently to Canada to cities like Toronto, Montreal Calgary and Vancouver, you will need the following 10 tips to get a job at one of these big tech firms.

1. Prepare To Wait

Millions of candidates apply to big tech firms every year. On average it takes about 8-12 weeks to receive a job offer if you are selected. Let that sink it – that’s 2-3 months after you start your interviews to get your offer. So make sure you have a job otherwise you will wait for a long time to pass all the interviews. Some of our bigger clients average 8 interviews where it starts with HR interview, and then goes to another 6-7 interviews with developers, leads, managers, VPs, etc.

2. Apply, apply, apply

Even if you do not meet all the requirements, apply anyways. Big tech firms go above and beyond to find a diamond in the rough. So even if you do not have that GoLang requirement but been developing with python apply anyways. If you are good at what you do, hiring manager will try to find a way to hire you.

Be open with recruiter of what you want, and be ready to explain what you have achieved so far in your career.

3. Keep it Simple

Most larger tech firms invested millions into their HR / AI software. However if your resume is illegible , has tables all over the place, or over 3 pages long, sometimes that automatic CV parser would not be able to auto read it and most likely mark it as spam or trash. Make sure you use PDF and or Word resume. Use bullet points for the ease of reading the resume. Your formatting has to be easily understood as most recruiters only spend 10-15 seconds before deciding whether to give you a call or discard your resume.

4. Many Interviews

Be prepared a lot of technical testing. On average bigger tech firms do anywhere from 5 to 8. On top of technical coding challenges you will be asked to “grab a coffee” so the hiring managers and leads can get to know you. Good idea would be to research the person who will be interviewing you to try to estimate what questions will be asked. And most importantly, make sure you go in refreshed and ready to adapt and react.

5. Common Interview Questions at Big Tech Firms

These three questions always come up – so be prepared with an answer:
a) Why are you interested in the job?
b) What are your biggest accomplishments? Explain
c) What are you passionate about? Time to talk about that Fiji hiking trip you did.

6. Dream big, no no even bigger

Big tech loves big dreamers. Your eCommerce idea about selling shoes online might be a good one, but you need to make it 100 or even 1000 times bigger. Big tech caters to millions and billions of users, they want you to think big also. So make it big.

7. Hobbies anyone?

Have a cool hobby? Big tech firms want to hear about your passions. Do you build drones in your spare time? Tell them about that – but do not show off too much. Be modest.

8. Show Interest and Take notes

Buy notepad! and take some notes when doing interviews with big tech. That will show to the hiring manager that you are paying attention and curious. Ask questions – be curious!

9. Social Media

All big tech will do a social media search on you. So be prepared with updated LinkedIn profile, make sure you contribute to GitHub, and share some interesting ideas on Twitter, and for god-sake remove those skinny dipping pics from Facebook.

10. Thank you

Over 80% of candidates do not do this! Send thank you emails to all the interviewers you’ve met. Do not wait – send it the same or next day. Highlight your experience and express your interest in the job. It is so simple, and will give you a definite boost over many other candidates.

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.

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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.

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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.”