In recent years, the tech scene in Canada has really taken off. In fact, “[i]n 2015, the technology sector was directly responsible for $117 billion or 7.1 per cent of Canada’s economic output”. The tech industry in Canada is also attracting tons of attention from major companies, such as:
To put it simply, the tech industry is growing so fast that there aren’t enough Canadian tech workers to fill the jobs. This has caused a massive lack in supply and the latest report is that Canada will face a shortage of 220,000 tech workers by 2020 - that’s right, 220,000! Not only that, Toronto was named the fastest-growing market for tech jobs in North America in 2017.
One of the reasons for Canada’s recent tech boom is the many support programs the government has put in place, proving that this isn’t something that’ll disappear overnight. For example, the MaRS Discovery District was built in 2005 to help grow innovative companies, tax incentives like the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program and new immigration policies that make it easier and quicker than ever for tech workers to come to Canada.
According to the 2017 Global Peace Index, Canada is the 8th safest country in the world. Compared to the United States, Canada has a much lower crime rate (1.6 per 100,000 vs. 4.5 per 100,000 in the US), safer gun laws and an overall low risk for dangers such as terrorism, muggings and natural disasters.
Canada has always been immigrant friendly, as “[i]mmigration has contributed more to the growth of Canada’s population than births since the mid-1990s”. This trend isn’t stopping either, as the Canadian government has promised to bring in over 1 million immigrants in the next 3 years. This diversity has created an extremely friendly, welcoming population and it came as no surprise when Toronto was recognized as the most diverse city in the world in 2017!
As a PR holder you’re also able to sponsor your parents, allowing them to move to or visit Canada as they wish and gaining them access to Canada’s healthcare (see below for more details).
Canada provides publicly-funded healthcare and education. The free healthcare, “Medicare”, covers your family for all their basic medical needs from physicians and hospitals. Through the top-tier public school system, your children will have plenty of opportunities to learn in English or French (or both) all the way through high school, and can then attend world-renowned universities like McGill or University of Toronto (#22 ranked university in the world in 2017).
When most people think about Canada, their first thought is usually “cold!” While it does get cold from around November to March, it really isn’t that bad and opens up a whole new set of amazing activities like ice skating, skiing and building snowmen! Summers are pretty hot in most parts of the country as well and because Canada has 4 distinct seasons, you get to appreciate its beauty and landscapes in many different ways throughout the year.
Because Canada is so large, there are a variety of cities from coast-to-coast with different costs of living. For an idea of the average cost of living and what basic expenses are like, take a look here. And to put things in perspective, consider that the median software developer salary is $76,556.