What could influence the decision of a software developer to quit a well-paying job in Silicon Valley, and forsake the beauty of California to embrace the bracing Toronto’s sky? Well, this is the case of Vikram Rangnekar, an Indian born techie who was educated in the US. The triggers of his decision were the restrictions placed on H-1B visa holders like being barred from starting their own companies or from taking long holidays. Another trigger is waiting for 20 years before obtaining a green card to settle fully in the country. The Trump administration’s stance which is anti-immigrant has not helped matters. Two years after Rangnekar left the country, he has not regretted his decisions. According to him, the best part of his life should not be experienced under restrictions.
When a lot of foreign tech workers flee the harsh living conditions and anti-immigrant sentiment in the US, they are gladly taken in by on countries like Canada that have various opportunities for Tech workers and have high chances of reaching 200,000 tech vacancies in 2020.
Canada hopes to gather the best of all tech workers from all over the world while the US is still in the business of discouraging them.
How Tech Workers Thrive In Canada
In Ottawa, there is a publicly traded e-commerce site which has a monetary value of $14bn (C$19bn). Toronto is a Homeland for Artificial expert intelligence (AI), having big firms like WattPad which has an audience of about 65 million people. As at 2017, there were more tech jobs in Toronto than in the whole of Washington DC, San Francisco Bay, and Seattle.
Also, another bedrock for Artificial intelligence is the Province of Montreal, with the presence of a high tech company like Element AI, which was co-founded by Yoshua Bengio. There are also new labs like Samsung and Facebook.
According to a study on the Venture Capital investments by an Urbanologist, Richard Florida, Canada is still among the third world immigration destinations. The government has come up with new strategies that can further attract immigrants to the country through permanent and temporary immigration Programs. Applicants who have tech skills are given extra points. The spouses of residents who have temporary visas are allowed to work in Canada.
Canada is new home to Indian Techies
The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has always emphasized that for a multicultural country to be achieved, diversity must be fully embraced. An immigration lawyer in Toronto, Ravi Jain said that all the strategies to attract tech workers are designed to shift Canada from the local policies of Trump’s administration.
So far, most of the people holding temporary visas in Canada, which is processed under the space of two weeks, are Indians coming from the US and other places. Canada started this temporary visa in June 2017 majorly because of tech industries.
Between 2016 and 2017, the number of Indians who migrated to Canada through a Federal Skills Program rose by 83%, and those who were nominated by a province to occupy certain vacant positions increased by 122%. Those who got in by virtue of their work experience rose by 538%.
The Chief Executive Officer of WattPad, Allen Lau commented that as the US gets more unfriendly, it is obvious why people are migrating to Canada. To this, the minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ahmed Hussen said that even when the country is trying to attract Tech workers who have been affected by the harsh immigration conditions in the US, it is still not complacent. It has set up grounds for research in Universities, revised existing support programs and has recently marked out C$ 2.5bn for funding innovation in Industries.
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