Windsor’s becoming a hot spot for tech workers

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They’re among the most sought-after employees, and many tech workers are finding a home in Windsor. The Technology Councils of North America and Canada’s Tech Network released a report showing Windsor ranks fourth across Canada for attracting those who work in tech occupations. Only Mississauga, Montreal, and Waterloo attracted more between April 2022 and March 2023.

Their report “Tech Workforce Trends: The Migration of Tech Workers and Tech Jobs Since the Pandemic” said 557 moved to Windsor during that period. Mississauga attracted 1,900. Another 959 moved to Montreal, while Waterloo netted 633. Windsor had the largest year-over-year growth at 16.3 per cent.

“This report is an important step in supporting this growth and helping our Canadian members better understand the state of the current workforce ecosystem,” said Yvonne Pilon, Vice Chair of the Technology Councils of North America and President and CEO of WEtech Alliance in Windsor. “Given the radical shortfall in tech workers to fill available jobs in recent years, it’s imperative we understand migration movements to better serve our members, the innovation workforce, and the broader technology ecosystem.”

The top three countries Canada attracted talent from are India, Nigeria, and Brazil. Canada lost some talent to the U.S., but at 1,672, the report said the loss was not significant. “Considering the population of the U.S. compared to Canada and the total tech workforce of each, this demonstrates Canada’s competitiveness to tech employment opportunities,” said the report.

It also pointed out Canada is gaining American talent from Northeastern states and major U..S. cities like Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Canada recently offered tech workers in the U.S. H1B visas to relocate. The country has set a goal to bring 10,000 to the country.