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According to the Brookfield Institute, 71,000 tech companies are responsible for over 7% of Canada’s economic output and 5.6% of Canada’s total employment. Those numbers say it all; the Canadian tech scene is a major driver of innovation and economic growth.

Canada has offices of some of the top global companies, such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Cisco. It’s also home to quite a few tech company headquarters, such as Shopify, FreshBooks, Halogen Software, and Hootsuite (just to name a few).

Want to know more about Canadian developers? Here are a few of the key takeaways that came from this year’s annual developer survey.

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40% of Canadian developers live in Ontario.

As home to between 2,500 and 4,100 active tech startups, it’s no surprise that a good amount of developers currently reside in Toronto, Ontario’s most populous city. Additionally, Waterloo has the second-highest density of startups in the world (according to a report by Compass). In Ontario, the majority of technology employees work in information and communications technology, with architecture, engineering, and design coming in second.

Additionally, 30% of developers said they reside in Western Canada, while 24% live in Quebec, and 6% in Atlantic Canada.

73% of Canadian developers identified themselves as a Web Developer.

It’s no surprise that the job title “Web Developer” was popular in both Canada and the United States since nearly every business relies on them to maintain and optimize their websites. We suggest digging down even deeper when looking for these type of developers, by looking for a Full-Stack, Back-End, or Front-End Web Developer.

For more tips on how to find and recruit Web Developers for your company, read our blog post.  

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9% of Canadian developers are independent contractors or freelancers.

Many developers choose to follow the freelance or self-employed life for personal reasons (such as having a more flexible schedule or to save money on commuting or moving costs), while others simply do it because the right opportunity came along. If you’re looking for a developer to work for your company, it can be hard to convince those who are contractors to switch over to the full-time life.

Additionally, if you find yourself getting lots of applications from freelance developers or contractors, don’t immediately dismiss them. “Relevant experience” required for a role shouldn’t be so black-and- white – don’t make it a requirement that they’ve worked in a certain industry for ten years or balk at the fact that they have been freelancing the past few years.

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