Who are Canada’s Tech Workers?

This report provides the most current snapshot of Canada’s tech workers
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Viet Vu
Creig Lamb
Senior Policy Analyst
Asher Zafar
Project Lead, Data Science

About this Report

This report closely examines tech workers across Canada and seeks to shed light on Canada’s tech occupations and the diversity and equity within them. Adding almost 200,000 new jobs since 2016, Canada’s highly-skilled tech workers are becoming a major component of Canada’s workforce. Using brand new methodologies and powerful data visualizations, Who are Canada’s Tech Workers? looks to provide a clear and concise resource for anyone looking to learn more about Canada’s tech talent and its growing impact on our economy.

Read this report to help you:
  • Gain new insight into who Canada’s tech workers are, where they work, and what they earn.
  • Better understand the level of diversity in Canada’s tech workforce.
  • Identify where Canada’s tech talent is situated and how it is changing.
  • Learn more about which groups remain underrepresented in tech.
  • Map out the latest and most relevant trends in Canada’s tech talent.


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Key findings from the report:

  • In 2016, one million Canadians worked in tech occupations.
  • Between 2006 and 2016, 183,000 workers joined Canada’s tech workforce.
  • The five cities with the largest number of tech workers were Toronto (238,000), Montréal (140,000), Vancouver (82,000), Ottawa (69,000), and Calgary (63,000).
  • While Canada’s tech workforce is diverse, pay and participation in tech jobs are unequal across many demographic lines. 32.5 percent of tech workers are immigrants, 31.9 percent identify as a visible minority. However, only 20 percent are women and only 1.2 percent identify as Indigenous.
  • Men were found to be four times more likely than women to work in a tech job.
  • There is also a stark pay gap between men and women in the tech sector, with women earning on average $7,300 less than their male counterparts. These gaps persist across many demographic intersections, including for women who belong to visible minority groups or who are immigrants.


Interactive Data Visualization

Zeroing in on talent for supercomputing

We are able to translate insights from Who Are Canada’s Tech Workers? for different sectors and geographies across Canada, to inform the tech talent strategies of partner organizations. For example, we worked with Compute Ontario to produce Who Are Ontario’s Highly Qualified Personnel?, a study that provides insights on tech talent specific to supercomputing.

Deep Dive

5 Results


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Aug 6, 2019

To better understand the skills, knowledge, and abilities that make up the 500 national occupations in Canada, we created a crosswalk to apply US data in a Canadian context
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Jan 24, 2019

An overview of the top five findings from the Who are Canada’s Tech Workers? report that explores Canada’s growing tech workforce
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Jan 24, 2019

A closer look at how our policy researchers crafted the methodology for our latest report on Tech Workers
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