The technology sector of Canada employ a large number of skilled international workers each year and it can be prospected key to nation’s economic recovery

May 11, 2020

Industry leaders across the technology sector of Canada are pointing towards the renowned tech companies to help accelerate the economic development of Canada post-corona virus pandemic.

All the leading sectors of the Canadian economy relies upon technology enterprises to meet their basic needs in areas that include cyber security, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, data privacy, advanced manufacturing and clean technology. The above findings are backed by the new white paper report which explains a diverse array of solutions through which the Canada’s Tech Startups can recover the country from the repercussions of Covid-19 pandemic.

The report examines in detail how does the tech start-ups across Canada are being impacted by the corona virus situation, how they could lead the economic recovery of Canada and what are the possible results if they are not able to gather adequate support. The report was published by the newly formed coalition of technology industry leaders and is profoundly called as the Innovation Economy Council (IEC) and is renowned for advocating for the young entrepreneurs and the startup businesses since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis.

The report deduced that tech companies are growing immensely during the lock down period. Similar to the situation when the companies thrived the 2008 economic collapse, all these companies were either already well-established to meet the demands of the job market or they were able to mould their operations under regulated periods of time to adapt with the changes that are being triggered by the Covid-19 turbulence across the country and the world.

As a result, job positions for highly talented and skilled individuals are open and are also forthcoming all across Canada. Here are some of the enterprises that are expected to grow during the current Covid-19 scenario and are hiring skilled professionals.


Shopify is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, but they have their branches all across the Canada and also the world. On May 8, the career page of the company opened 77 new jobs in specialties that range from engineering and development, UX design, trust and security, data science and more.

The e-commerce company also reported a dramatic increase of 47 percent, or $470 million for the first quarter of 2020 when compared to the first quarter of 2019.

The number of new stores that were being created on the companies platform increased by 62 percent between March 13 and April 24 when compared to the last six months. The company’s website attributed this growth to their business strategy of offering an extended 90-day free trial for all the new standard plan sign-ups during the time when the entire business was shifting to online. They also offered an array of other initiatives to bolster their merchants and also protect the stakeholders.


This Toronto, Ontario based biotechnology company has three open positions flashing on their career page. This comprises of two computational scientists and an intermediate software developer role.

Cyclica uses technologies such as artificial intelligence and computational biophysics in order to accelerate the development of the new drugs. To summarize their work, they are able to text the existing drugs containing proteins to predict the possible outcomes of their influence on the human body using AI. As the CEO of the company, Naheed Kurji, commented in one IEC reports that the process can be described as finding the right key for the right clock.

Recently, the company partnered with Mannin Research, also based in Toronto to assist them in developing the COVID-19 treatments.


Tealbook provides a huge database of suppliers for the procurement teams to find the goods and services that are required to run the business. There are currently job openings on their website for the senior developers and also a product manager position for their Toronto headquarters, as well as marketing manager position being offered in the US.

When the coronavirus pandemic started demolishing the supply chains then businesses are required to search for new suppliers to meet their basic needs. Tealbook grabbed the opportunity in offering free vendor reports for the previous month of April.

Stephany Lapierre, CEO and founder of Tealbook said while addressing the media group that during a crisis situation like this, acting spontaneously is the only way to maintain an operational supply chain. We enable the buyers to immediately access the trusted data of suppliers during the time when speed is most important.

Tealbook is one of the tech companies which is expected to grow this year, according to the latest IEC report.

Dialogue Technologies

This is a Montreal-based company which offers virtual healthcare that can be sponsored either by the health insurance or by the employer. The company is currently hiring in a large number of fields in addition to tech sector, such as legal, finance, HR, sales and the medical.

Dialogue Technologies was already gaining huge recognition within the telehealth market before the coronavirus pandemic situation. Once the crisis was at its surge, they offered special coronavirus resources which also include free virtual tools, called as the Chloe, which specifically addresses the coronavirus related queries.

The IEC report also says that the Dialogue Technologies expects to get triple in the coming months and will achieve a number of 600 employees.

Mind Beacon

Toronto-based company which provides mental health services, the Mind Beacon across Canada in the health-related fields.

Demand for mental health services has been one of the foremost consequences of the coronavirus situation. Since the physical distancing measures are implemented within the provinces and in the country, Mind Beacon has seen a total of 15-fold increase in the traffic of its services, as confirmed by a media release.

The company offers a free COVID-19 program, known as Stronger Minds, that is accessible by all Canadians.


Waterloo-based company, Opentext develops and sells businesses of all sizes information management software. They also, have a range of career opportunities open on their career webpage.

Since the crisis has begun, Opentext has been working tirelessly to enable businesses adapt with the ways in which Coronavirus has changes the work delivery patterns.

The CEO of the company, Mark J. Barrenechea addressed a media release and conveyed that their latest software and services provide accurate cyber resilience, secure and safe information platforms and help customers to digitize their business processes and work from any kind of work station.

Immigration opportunities for skilled tech workers

Labour shortages in the technology sector of Canada have always been a longstanding issue, and therefore many companies look towards developing companies to get the skilled and professional talents that they need.

Some Canadian immigration initiatives have been specially designed to facilitate the companies hire international workers in the tech sector, thereby responding towards the countries labour shortages while simultaneously helping the foreign nationals to settle permanently in Canada.

The Global Talent Stream connects the companies in Canada with skilled and talented foreign workers; by offering them work permit processing standard of total two weeks. Companies have reported hiring their candidates from foreign countries and bringing them to Canada within the period of same month. Since the program has started in the year 2017, approximately 1500 people have been brought to the country through the GTS and the most number of skilled workers that is equivalent to 3968 were brought last year.

As the biometric centers are closed with respect to the current scenario, only US citizens are permitted to enter Canada through GTS, during these turbulent times.

Yet another, the Ontario tech Pilot immigration stream is designed for those foreign candidates that have a previous work-experience in the one of the six technology-related occupations. These individuals should have a profile in the Express Entry System of Canada. In January of this year, Ontario issued invitations to around 954 people to apply for the provincial nomination program for the permanent residence program of Canada.

British Council’s Tech Pilot stream invites immigration candidates to apply for their provincial nomination program almost every week. Eligible applicants should have a job offer in one of the 29 tech occupations. They may get an invitation under the Express Entry BC stream or the Skills Immigration stream.

Candidates who receive the provincial nomination through the Express Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program are guaranteed to receive an Invitation to Apply for the permanent residence of Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw. This is because the provincial nomination letter gives the candidate an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points towards their original scores.

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