Canada needs 182,000 people to fill these IT positions by 2019
Editor’s note: Story originally published March 19, and is updated as one of our most popular posts of 2015.
Due to skills mismatch, demand-supply imbalances, an aging workforce and other factors, Canada is headed for a major technology talent shortage in the next five years.
Canada needs 182,000 people to fill positions for information systems analysts and consultants, computer and network operators, Web technicians, software engineers and others in by 2019, according to an IT labour market report released this week.
There are about 811,200 information communication and technology professionals currently employed in Canada, but provinces across the country will require an additional 182,000 ICT talent by 2019.
The study was funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program. The report was prepared and released by a team from the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a labour market intelligence and industry skills standard body funded by the government.
Wanted: Web developers and coders for Canada’s tech ‘gold rush’
TORONTO — The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016 5:57AM EDT
Three years ago, Erik Dohnberg was working at the Genius Bar at an Apple store in London, Ont.
He’d been there for 10 months after graduating with an information and media studies degree from Western University when he decided he wanted more.
With the intention of starting up his own business, Dohnberg signed up for a nine-week boot camp at Bitmaker Labs, a web developer training school in Toronto.
Within two weeks of completing the boot camp, Dohnberg had 16 job interviews and received two job offers. One of them was from Bitmaker Labs.
Dohnberg said he doesn’t regret going to university, but also doesn’t think it prepared him to get a real job. Most of his classmates went on to graduate studies.
“It was education for the sake of more education,” said Dohnberg, now an admissions manager at Bitmaker.
“I can write a hell of an essay on Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction but really, that’s irrelevant to practical skills. I’m a good writer but that’s about it.”
Tech skills programs like the ones at Bitmaker Labs have been sprouting up over the past few years in response to a tech talent shortage in Canada. It’s a problem that has been bubbling to the surface, as more startups open up shop and try to recruit from an already-small pool of Canadian coders and developers.
Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com
Food talent a hot commodity for immigration to Canada in 2015
In its first year, the highly touted Express Entry system resulted in 191,279 applications, of which 31,000 people were invited to become permanent residents — 16% of them in food service and cooking.
Canada’s new economic immigration selection system has lived up to its “just-in-time” billing by processing most applications from start to finish within the government’s target of six months.
According to the one-year report card on the Express Entry system, 80 per cent of cases were processed within that time frame — from the day a complete application was received until a final decision was made by an immigration officer.
“Over 31,000 invitations to apply to permanent residence have been issued to a diverse range of highly skilled immigrants and almost 10,000 individuals (principal applicants and their family) have already landed in Canada as permanent residents,” said the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada review.
“Key findings indicate that professors were in the top 10 occupations list and that many international students fare well in Express Entry.”
Read more: http://www.thestar.com