Tech jobs will boom in Canada according to a report from the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Canada needs techs and the ICTC suggests that Canada’s education and economic policies needs immediate reform.
“Canada’s technology industry has a critically important role to play in ensuring that this country is able to reach its full potential as a global leader in the digital economy,” said Janet Kennedy, President of Microsoft Canada, industry sponsor of the ICTC strategy.
According to a Blog by Kabir Sewani posted March 10, 2016 on the ICTC website – With support from Microsoft Canada, ICTC developed the National Digital Talent Strategy in consultation with a wide range of industry, academic and policy leaders from across Canada. The following are among the strategy’s key recommendations for securing Canada’s future in a global, digital economy:
- Making computer science education mandatory from Kindergarten through Grade 12;
- Removing barriers to full participation in the ICT field by women, immigrants, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities;
- Providing incentives such as tax credits to reduce the financial burden on small and medium-sized businesses to upskill employees in ICT;
- Stimulating investment in research and development activities that bring new products and services to market;
- Helping those displaced from other industries transition into digital economy jobs; and
- Strengthening Canadians’ digital literacy and related skills.
Information & Communications Technology Landscape
As the current ICT workforce ages, not many youth are opting for ICT careers, leaving a void that could potentially limit Alberta’s future competitiveness before long. Significantly fewer youth work in ICT professions than in other jobs. In contrast, ICT professions have a greater proportion of workers in the older age groups compared to the total provincial workforce. – source ICTC Alberta Forecast.