Report: Quebec leads Canada in tech sector employment

The proportion of people working within tech in Quebec is higher than any other province in Canada according to a new report on the state of the nation’s tech sector.

The report, entitled The State of Canada’s Tech Sector, 2016, said the gross domestic product (GDP) of Canada’s tech sector is wroth $117 billion, according to the report, representing 7.1 per cent of the nation’s total GDP. That’s higher than the value of finance and insurance in Canada.

In fact, many of the tools, techniques, and skills that we associate with “high tech” are in fact utilized across a much broader section of the economy. “Looking through this lens, Canada’s tech sector is much bigger than our current definitions are able to capture,” wrote authors and policy advisors Creig Lamb and Matthew Seddon.

It was written by the Brookfield Institute, “a new, independent and nonpartisan institute, housed within Ryerson University… dedicated to making Canada the best country in the world to be an innovator or an entrepreneur.”

Quebec’s tech industry as a proportion of provincial employment is higher than any other Canadian province at 6.4 per cent. In contrast, Saskatchewan’s is just 1.3 per cent and Manitoba’s 2.2 per cent.

Quebec tech

Canada’s tech sector represents $9.1 billion worth of GDP, 71,000 tech firms and 864,000 tech employees.

Aerospace manufacturing constituted a “considerable amount” of tech employment in the Atlantic provinces, Manitoba and Quebec. In Quebec, aerospace manufacturing was the third largest tech employer with nearly 27,000 jobs.

Quebec tech

The province was also among the top three in Canada in the proportion of the tech sector employed within information and communications technology, behind Ontario and British Columbia.

Quebec tech

Interestingly, Montreal led all Canadian cities in tech sector concentration.

Montreal’s location quotient came in at 1.7 per cent, higher than Toronto (1.4) and Vancouver (1.3). According to the report, a location quotient quantifies how concentrated an industry is in a region compared to a larger geographic area. A location quotient of 1 indicates that the concentration of tech employment in the region is the same as Canada’s concentration of tech employment. A location quotient exceeding 1 indicates tech employment is more concentrated than the rest of Canada.

Quebec tech

Moreover, a small majority of Montreal’s tech firms employ over 500 people. Montreal is the only city in Canada which has a higher proportion of tech firms employing over 500 people than any other size of companies.

Quebec tech

Quebec was also near to the top of some venture capital statistics from 2015, according to the report. In 2015, Canadian venture capital investment reached a record level. Compared to the previous year, the number of venture capital deals was up 24 percent to 536 deals with a value of nearly $2.3 billion. More than 38 percent of the deals were in Ontario, followed by 31 percent in Quebec and 16 percent in British Columbia.

The authors of the report sounded a cautionary note, too.

“New technologies drive employment and economic growth, transform traditional industries, and reinvent how we work and go about our daily lives. As the tech sector continues to grow and emerging technologies from around the world become more common, it is now more important than ever to ensure Canada maintains its growing, prominent tech economy.”

The report didn’t offer recommendations on how to maintain that economy. It gave specific recommendations to Statistics Canada on how to better measure Canada’s tech industry going forward.

In its conclusion, the authors wrote that “it is increasingly important to understand the economic significance of the country’s tech sector,” and that “it will be important to monitor the year-after-year activity of Canada’s tech sector to provide up-to-date information on this dynamic and economically significant sector.”

The report acknowledged that it received financial support from Toronto-based MaRS (an innovation-focused charity) and Kitchener-Waterloo-based Communitech (an innovation-focused non-profit). Both receive significant government funding every year.


Add yours
  1. 1
    Laura Wiess

    Hey – I was checking out your site and I’m impressed with how clean and professional it looks.

    Adding video to your website has become an absolute MUST. Even something basic that clearly defines exactly what it is you’re offering & why work with your company vs competitors…

    My team, based out of Jerusalem and California, creates quality animated explainer videos. Our award-winning videos are proven to increase customer engagement and decrease user bounce rate.

    Email me back for some explainer video samples, pricing, or just to say hi!



  2. 3

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your site?
    My website is in the very same area of interest as yours and my visitors would genuinely benefit from a lot
    of the information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with you.

  3. 9

    The precise finest methodology to have a system
    is to discover a specialized company that gives and installs the gadgets.
    However, when a property proprietor has a competent alert technique they will snooze higher
    tonight. Simply put, when they are vandalized the system alerts
    the cops and the proprietor. We will at all times need paper and managed forests provide that for us immediately.Artifical intelligence will not
    happen either.Our most highly effective supercomputers should not even close to
    insect intelligence yet. For extra assets about catskiing or about cat skiing canada and even about cat
    skiing bc, please evaluation these links. The primary one implies
    travelling by helicopter, while catskiing uses a much less frequent terrestrial car called the snow cat.
    While each heliskiing and catskiing are primarily based on the precept of
    going downhill on slopes coated with recent, powdery snow, there may be a major distinction. The three quarters
    of the realm of the territory which is represented by
    mountains have given start to various types of ecotourism,
    essentially the most thrilling and rewarding of which being catskiing BC.
    Quotas, no doubt, are the biggest constraints right now,
    but as soon as quotas go, the three main constraints that can hamper India’s capabilities are consistent qualities, price
    competitiveness, and match.

+ Leave a Comment