Canada puts IT Professionals on the Top Priority List

Posted on July 13, 2017

Information and Communications Technology published a report last year stating that Canada needs about 182,000 new IT workers by 2019. Fortunately, the Canada Express Entry has been a great magnetic element in attracting a huge number of IT professionals over the past year and helped the country overcome the labor shortage to an extent.

Provinces of Canada have recognized their need for skilled IT workers and have used their Express Entry-aligned provincial Nominee Programs streams specifically to select IT talent. The statistics analyzed after each PNP opening makes it evident enough that an increased number of candidates (majorly of the IT sector) who have strong human capital factors and with no job offer were selected & nominated for Canada PR. Additionally, the recently launched Global Talent Stream which was started with an aim to aid innovative companies hire talent at a faster pace seems to a good contribution in this regard.

Here’s a brief report on the provinces which are explicitly looking for IT workers, through the Express Entry System:

  1. Ontario- On June 28, the Ontario Government released a news statement that it is keen to have a large number of Information and Communications Technology professionals through its most popular OINP-HCP stream. Also, it released a list of most targeted occupations of the ICT who shall be most successful for OINP nomination in the coming days. The initial statements of the ICTC report quoted ‘By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 52,700 in the greater Toronto area, over 9,700 in Ottawa-Gatineau, over 3,800 in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo region, and over 9,900 in rest of Ontario.’
  2. Nova Scotia- Hafilax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city of the province was recently crowned as the “Canada’s 5th Biggest Tech Hub” by CTV News. Of the 16 occupations listed on the Nova Scotia’s targeted opportunity occupations for the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream, four occupations cover the IT sector. These occupations are, namely-
  • NOC 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants
  • NOC 2174: Computer programmers and interactive media development
  • NOC 2281: Computer network technicians
  • NOC 2282: User support technicians
  1. Saskatchewan- Since July 2016, one of the most prominent streams of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has opened at five different intervals. For most of the intake periods from last year to May 2017, no IT occupant was included in the list of in-demand occupations. However, for the previous intake periods, Computer & Information Systems Managers (NOC 0213), Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (NOC 2171) etc. were included.
  2. New Brunswick- According the research, the following occupants are high-in demand in New Brunswick and the province is keenly looking for candidates of these areas:
  • NOC 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants
  • NOC 2172: Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2174: Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175: Web designers and developers
  • NOC 2281: Computer network technicians

Furthermore, the year-end 2016 report of IRCC clearly reflects that among the total number of candidates who received ITA last year, majority of them represented the IT sector (14% of total invited candidates).

If you are from the IT sector and wish to expand your horizons of career to Canada, this is a fortunate time for you.  Canada’s demand for IT professionals is at the highest peak. This makes candidates with best IT skills and eligibility factors eligible for highest chance & quick PR visa success- even without the need of a job offer. Consult our Immigration Expert and get to know on how quickly & easily you, as an IT professional can apply for your visa and be among the Canadian immigrants.


Source: CICnews