A decade ago, Canada’s tech industry was worried about survival, and now it’s Silicon Valley in the north. Google plans to triple its Canadian employees and open new offices in Toronto, Montreal and Waterloo, Ontario. Google will also invest in vocational skills development programs to ensure that there are enough people to fill the job.
It will also invest in accelerators to help start-ups get capital. Ruth Porat, chief financial officer of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, says Canada will have 5,000 employees by 2022.
‘If you got a job at Google a decade ago, you might have to move to San Francisco or New York, but now Canada is a place where tech giants are willing to land to attract talent,’ says Alex Norman, co-founder of Tech Toronto.