Technology Employment in Canada: The Numbers

In Canada there are just under 800,000 people working in the information and communications technology sector.

Of those, 46% work in Ontario, 25% in Quebec, and 12% in BC.

Below are provincial figures, supplied by e-Talent Canada and ICTC.

 

BC

93,000 ICT professionals were employed in British Columbia in 2013. Of them, 66,300 worked in Vancouver, 10,300 worked in Victoria, and another 16,400 worked in the rest of the province. Since 2011, Vancouver further consolidated its position as the leading digital economy cluster in British Columbia, as ICT employment in Vancouver increased by 29% (10,000) in this period.

 

ONTARIO

363,000 ICT professionals were employed in Ontario in 2013. Of them, 197,000 worked in Toronto (greater Toronto area), 75,000 worked in Ottawa (Ottawa-Gatineau), 7,400 worked in Kitchener-Waterloo region, and another 83,000 worked in the rest of the province. Since 2011, Ottawa consolidated its positions as one of the leading digital economy clusters in not only Ontario, but in Canada. ICT employment in Ottawa increased by 29% (16,700) in this period. On the other hand, over half the jobs in Kitchener-Waterloo were lost, due mainly to the turbulence at Blackberry.

 

QUEBEC

199,000 ICT professionals were employed in Quebec in 2013. Of them, 130,200 worked in Montreal, 28,000 worked in Quebec City, and another 40,600 worked in the rest of the province. Since 2011, Montreal further consolidated its position as the leading digital economy cluster in Quebec, as ICT employment increased 16% in Montreal in this period.

 

 

ALBERTA

75,000 ICT professionals were employed in Alberta in 2013. Of them, 44,700 worked in Calgary, 25,400 worked in Edmonton, and another 4,900 worked in the rest of the province. Since 2011, both Calgary and Edmonton further consolidated its positions as the leading digital economy cluster in Alberta, as ICT employment increased 36% in Calgary and 23% in Edmonton in this period.

 

MANITOBA

18,000 ICT professionals were employed in Manitoba in 2013. Of them, 15,400 worked in Winnipeg and another 2,600 worked in the rest of the province. Winnipeg is by far the leading digital economy cluster in Manitoba, as ICT employment in Winnipeg increased 20% since 2011.

 

SASKATCHEWAN

11,000 ICT professionals were employed in Saskatchewan in 2013. Of them, 4,700 worked in Regina, 4,600 worked in Saskatoon and another 1,700 worked in the rest of the province. Since 2011, many jobs were created in Saskatoon, as the city caught up to Regina as one of the leading digital economy clusters in Saskatchewan. ICT employment increased 28% in this period, while employment in Regina declined.

 

NOVA SCOTIA

13,000 ICT professionals were employed in Nova Scotia in 2013. Of them, 9,500 worked in Halifax and another 3,600 worked in the rest of the province. Halifax is by far the leading digital economy cluster in Nova Scotia, as ICT employment in Halifax increased 7% since 2011.

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

10,000 ICT professionals were employed in New Brunswick in 2013. Of them, 2,800 worked in Moncton, 2,500 worked in Fredericton, 2,300 worked in Saint John, and another 2,400 worked in the rest of the province. ICT employment in New Brunswick and its leading digital economy clusters remained stable since 2011, as none of the major metropolitan areas managed to outperform the other two in recent years to establish itself as the leading digital economy cluster in the province.

 

NEWFOUNDLAND

4,000 ICT professionals were employed in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013. Of them, 3,100 worked in St. John’s and another 900 worked in the rest of the province. St. John’s is by far the leading digital economy cluster in Newfoundland and Labrador, as ICT employment in St. John’s increased 29% since 2011.

 

PEI

2,000 ICT professionals were employed in Prince Edward Island in 2013. Of them, 1,600 worked in Charlottetown and another 400 worked in the rest of the province. Charlottetown is by far the leading digital economy cluster in Prince Edward Island, as ICT employment in Charlottetown increased 7% since 2011.

 
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