According to one of the findings of a new white-paper report titled: “The Post-Viral Pivot: How Canada’s Tech Startup Can Drive the Recovery from COVID-19”, all the sectors of Canadian economy depends on the technology sectors of the country to meet their requirements in areas like cybersecurity, artificial language, data privacy, clean technology, e-commerce, and advanced manufacturing. With the technology sector’s hiring of thousands of skilled workers, it can be the key to the economic recovery of the country.
“The Post-Viral Pivot: How Canada’s Tech Startup Can Drive the Recovery from COVID-19”, examines how the new tech-startups are being affected by the coronavirus, and how they may lead in the economic recovery of the country. The white-paper was published by a newly formed coalition of tech industry leaders known as Innovation Economy Council (IEC), who has been advocating for the start-ups since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the findings of the research that was stated in the report is the rising in the technology sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Just like some companies that thrived in the 2008 economic collapse, it’s like these companies were already well-positioned to meet the new demands of the market or were able to pivot their operations in time to adapt to the changes due to the coronavirus.
Following are some of the major technology companies in Canada, that are currently growing and are even hiring amid the coronavirus:
With its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Shopify has locations all over the country and world. They had 77 open jobs in specialties such as development and engineering, trust and security, UX design, data science, and engineering, among other vacations on May 8.
In the first quarter of the year 2020, Shopify has seen a growth of 47 percent, or CAD $470 million compared to last year’s first quarter.
Between the time period of March 13 and April 24, the number of new stores created grew 62 percent, compared to the prior six weeks. The company’s website attributes this growth to offering an extended 90-days free trial for all new standard plan sign-ups.
Cyclia – is a biotechnology-based company, headquartered in Toronto, has three open positions. Two computational scientist positions, and an intermediate software developer.
They majorly used AI – Artificial Intelligence to predict possible outcomes of existing drugs with protein tests in the body. Recently the company has partnered with Mannin Research, to help in the COVID-19 treatments.
The company has its headquarters based in Toronto, it offers a massive database of suppliers for procurement teams to find the goods and services they need to do business. Current job openings in the company are for senior developers and a product manager at their headquarters and one marketing manager position in the U.S.
“During a crisis like this, acting quickly is the only way to maintain a healthy supply chain,” Stephany Lapierre, Tealbook CEO, and founder said in a media release. “We enable buyers to immediately access trusted supplier data at a time when speed is of the essence.”
Montreal-based companies offer virtual healthcare that can be paid for by health insurance or an employer. They are hiring in a number of fields such as finance, legal, HR, sales, and medical.
Dialogue Technologies was already gaining recognition in the telehealth market before COVID-19. After the crisis hit, they offered special COVID-19 resources, including a free virtual tool, called Cloe, that answers questions related to the coronavirus.
Mind Beacon is a Toronto-based company, offers digital mental-health services, and they are hiring in health-related fields across the country.
One of the consequences of COVID-19 was the demand for mental health services. Since the implementation of physical distance measures, Mind Beacon has seen traffic to its services multiplied by 15, according to a press release. They offer a free COVID-19 program, called Stronger Minds, accessible to all Canadians.
Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Opentext develops and sells business information management software. They have a number of opportunities currently open on their career page. Since the start of the crisis, Opentext has worked to help companies adapt to the way the coronavirus has changed work.
“Our latest software and services deliver cyber resilience, secure information platforms, and allow customers to digitize business processes and work from anywhere,” said CEO Mark J. Barrenechea in a statement to the press.
Immigration Alternatives for Tech-workers
Canada’s tech shortages have been a long-standing problem, and as such, many companies are looking overseas to find the skilled talent they need.
The Global Talent Stream connects Canadian businesses with skilled foreign workers, offering a two-week work permit processing standard. The companies said they had hired their candidates overseas and brought them to Canada in the same month. Since the program began in 2017, a total of 7,359 people have been brought to Canada through the SWG; the majority, 3,968, was introduced last year. Since biometric centers are currently closed, only U.S. citizens can come to Canada via GTS at this time.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Programs (OINP)’s Tech Pilot is intended for immigrant applicants with work experience in six technology-related occupations. They must first have a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry program. In January of this year, Ontario invited 954 people to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)’s Tech Pilot invites applicants for immigration to submit a provincial nomination almost every week. Eligible candidates have a job offer in one of the 29 technological professions. They can be invited as part of the Immigration Skills component of the BC Express Entry component.
For an express entry candidate to get a provincial nomination, they are given a major boost of 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These many points are more than enough to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for Canada PR Visa to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).