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300 New Technology Jobs In Calgary

Royal Bank, RBC, is adding 300 new technology jobs in Calgary by creating a new innovation hub.

Calgary Innovation Hub, is set to be operational by September 2021, and the tech jobs in Calgary they are looking to fill are already posted on their website.

New Technology Jobs in Calgary Over 3 Years

According to their website, RBC will be hiring for technology roles over the next three years in high-demand areas such as artificial intelligence, data engineering, full stack agile software delivery, site reliability engineering, machine learning, data analytics and more.

Jeff Boyd, RBC regional president for Alberta and the Territories, that they love Calgary due to their amazing post secondary education facilities, and Calgary rapid tech hub growth.

In a recent report by CBRE, Calgary jumped six spots down to 28th spot of fastest growing IT markets.

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Calgary is moving up – fastest growth IT sector

Calgary tech work force has also added 18% IT workers and now is closer to 50,000 with an average salary of around $96,000.

This news comes among many other IT companies opening big hubs and hiring for technology jobs in Calgary.

U.S. Lawmakers set envious glances as talented immigrants move North to Canada

Immigrants who made their way to the United States to hone their rare crafts and make a living off of the skills they have to offer now see a brighter light from the North. As Canada makes its immigration policies more warm and welcoming, it sees an influx of skilled labour. 

It makes sense why an immigrant would wander off North. The U.S. has milked its American dream narrative for quite a while, but it’s becoming hard for immigrants to buy that as they struggle with the cold and complex immigration system. Many businesses that can see this talent slipping out of their hands pin the blame on politicians and their partisan policies. 

It was a group of lawmakers who brought attention to this issue when they held a congressional hearing titled “Oh, Canada! How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries.” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic lawmaker from California, also complained that Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton had surpassed her area in terms of tech employment growth.

Cause of Stalemate 

As fingers are pointed in the U.S. Congress, let’s take a step back and see why this problem continues to remain unresolved. 

For a plan to transform into reality, it must pass through both chambers of congress. To do that, a supermajority needs to be gathered. That’s the root of the conflict. On the one hand, Democrats want to shift priorities to offering past migrants citizenship. On the other hand, Republicans are expected by their voter base to clamp down on migration and block up the borders down south. 

Why the Canada way?

There is a critique of both the democratic narrative of offering citizenship and the Canadian methods. Republican Tom McClintock shares some interesting points here. 

He critiques democrats for favouring big corporations with this narrative and argues that it’s really the big corporations who want cheaper skilled labour. As for Canada, he shifts attention to the numbers game. McClintock argues that the U.S. was faring much better than Canada before the pandemic. Specifically, he draws attention to unemployment rates, worker salaries, and economic growth. 

The Witness Vision

At the said hearing, we got more perspective on the matter as witnesses were called to share their perspectives.

From figures showing how numbers of Indian students were surging in Canada while falling in America to statements undermining the U.S. immigration policies in comparison to Canadian policies, there was overall a sense of urgency and alarm.

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.

Communitech Lures USA Based Tech Workers to Work in Waterloo Canada

Communitech, an organization that supports the entire “Community of Tech” in Waterloo, placed 9 billboards across Silicon Valley to invite US based tech employees to relocate to Canada for IT work.

Communitech spent $100k on the billboards and promises tech talent that comes to Canada from US that they will provide them with health insurance, and will provide an answer within 10 days whether visa is approved.

Communitech’s CEO, Iain Klugman, says that majority of tech workers in US are under H1B visa and that recent announcement that H1B visa will be cancelled put a lot of tech workers on alert and not sure about their future in the US.

Klugman says that presented a great opportunity for Waterloo region to advertise itself to some amazing tech workers in Silicon Valley who prefer work security.

It’s that uncertainty, and doubt, and fear that is creating an opportunity for us to come along and say, ‘You know, if America doesn’t want you– we do!’

At the end of the day, the country that can attract the smartest people, and retain the smartest people in their country is going to win.” said Klugman.

“We’ve had challenges getting people to move here for a lot of reasons but now we can say, ‘You know what? You don’t have to move. You can join a remarkable company right here in Waterloo, Ontario.’

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Iain Klugman, in an interview to Kitchener Today

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Klugman also says he expects a lot of new foreign talent to come to Waterloo and Canada promptly but he says it is not very easy to attract tech talent to come to Canada even with recent H1B closures.

It will be interesting to see how Canada can compete with salaries that are more than double in the US as well as hundreds of very well funded tech companies in Silicon Valley to choose from.

Amazon Leases 1.1m SQuare feet office space in Vancouver

Amazon had decided to go all out with its lease of 1.1m of square feet space downtown Vancouver.

Their office will take the entire block and will house thousands of IT workers right downtown Vancouver.

This is the first major deal for Amazon after it decided to back away from their HQ2 in New York City.

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Amazon employs over 6,000 employees in Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Right now Amazon is using about 300,000 sq ft in Vancouver employing around 1,000 employees.

Amazon always claimed that it wants to add another 5,000 employees in Vancouver but with office space of 1.1m – it can easily house at least 10,000 employees.

The offices should be ready around 2022 / 2023.

Also recently Microsoft leased 69,000 sq ft and gaming company Kabam leased 105,000 sq ft. As you can see it is nowhere near Amazon’s 1.1m space.

3 Reasons Why Toronto Tech Scene is Thriving

Toronto has been in the news a lot due to its growth when it comes to technology businesses. American and Canadian companies have been investing heavily into Toronto, for example just in one month alone, September 2018, more than $1.4 billion dollars was invested into the city.

So what drives companies to come and invest into the City of Toronto?

Tech Talent is Abound

Toronto tech scene employs over 240,000 workers. When it comes to cost and quality of tech workers in North America, Toronto comes in the lead.

Toronto is so HOT that it had more tech job growth than the US cities of San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. combined.

Immigration has been a big success as well, with over 51% of Toronto population born somewhere else. And unlike other places, Toronto nurtures and appreciates its immigrants.

Ontario and Canada has Toronto’s back

Federal and provincial governments have provided various investment into tech hubs as well as developing programs to make it easier for immigrants with the right background to come to Toronto for tech jobs as well as allows international students to stay in Canada and work right away on open work permit.

Toronto is Cheap

CBRE recently posted a study which suggests that renting office space in Toronto is a lot cheaper / pretty much half than renting the same space in New York or San Francisco.

After NYC Loses Amazon’s HQ2 – Toronto Tries Again

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.”

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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.

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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