CBRE has published their annual Canadian Tech Talent Ranking list and while larger tech talent markets continue to dominate, Canada’s smaller markets have been making big strides.
Toronto is tops for Canadian tech talent, having added an extraordinary 80,100 tech jobs between 2013 and 2018 (54% growth), far outpacing the nation’s other leading tech centres.
Ottawa, Vancouver, Waterloo Region and Montreal round out the Top 5 in CBRE’s Scoring Canadian Tech Talent Report.
Victoria (No. 7) climbed three spots and Oshawa (No. 12) rose by two, the largest year-over-year improvements in the 2019 rankings. Hamilton (No. 9) and Guelph (No. 13) recorded the fastest tech job growth among mid-sized and small tech talent markets.
And Edmonton moved into the Top 10 as a result of 26% increase in tech jobs in the past five years.
CBRE Research has analyzed 20 Canadian cities to create a scorecard that ranks their tech talent offerings. The scorecard uses 13 metrics to measure each market’s depth, vitality and attractiveness to tech employers and potential employees, including availability of talent, quality of labour and gross operating costs.
To generate an overall score, each metric has been weighted by relative importance to companies seeking tech talent.