Canada’s Best Tech Hubs To Live and Work In

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By Julia Watts | Content Manager | Published: 9 June 2020

In 2016 we looked into the world’s best tech startup cities to live and work in – this year we’re focusing on Canada and its rapidly growing tech ecosystem.

In the 2016 global report released by Compass and analysed by Expert Market only 3 Canadian cities were included in the study, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. This caused some people to ask, what about other Candian tech hubs? Our 2017 study went deeper into the Canadian tech startup scene across the country and found that people were right to question the exclusion of cities such as Ottawa and Calgary as they came out in first and second place respectively.

Expert Market’s Top Tech Hubs Ranking

Expert Market are not the only company looking into the most successful tech hubs in Canada, in fact a lot of the data we analysed came from the CBRE’s Research Gateway. However, what sets our ranking apart is the inclusion of quality of life factors. We understand that a city is somewhere you live, not just somewhere you work, and it’s important to remember this and consider things such as rent costs and commuting time when looking into where you should launch and grow your business.

See the full ranking of Canadian cities below and a breakdown of where they ranked for each factor further down the page. Still think we’ve missed a top Canadian tech hub? Let us know in the comments!

Tech hubs in Canada

Individual City Rankings

The table below shows the breakdown of where each city ranked for the 4 ‘work factors' we considered. These factors could influence how successfull your career in tech would be in each city. The 4 data sets include; Total employment in the tech industry, average wages across tech jobs, the growth rate for tech salaries from 2010-2015, and the gender balance across tech employment.

Overall

Rank

City

Tech

Jobs

Average

Wage

Wage

Growth

Tech

Diversity

1

Ottawa3rd2nd5th

1st

2

Calgary5th1st1st

2nd

3

Montreal2nd7th3rd

4th

3

Toronto1st4th4th

2nd

4

Halifax7th8th2nd

2nd

5

Edmonton6th3rd7th

3rd

6

Winnipeg8th9th8th

4th

7

Waterloo9th6th9th

6th

8

Vancouver4th5th6th

5th

The next table looks at the 3 ‘quality of life factors' in this study. These are things that could affect your financial stability as well as your overall happiness in each city. The 3 factors deemed most important in this are; Cost of living, average rent of a 1 bedroom apartment in the city centre and the average commute time.

Overall

Rank

City

Cost of

Living

Average

Rent

Average

Commute Time

1

Ottawa1st6th

5th

2

Calgary7th7th

6th

3

Montreal3rd3rd

8th

3

Toronto4th8th

7th

4

Halifax8th4th

2nd

5

Edmonton6th5th

4th

6

Winnipeg2nd1st

3rd

7

Waterloo9th2nd

1st

8

Vancouver5th9th

9th

Did we miss your city? Let us know in the comments! For questions about this study contact press@expertmarket.com.

Julia Watts Content Manager

Specializing in the complex realms of telephone systems, business energy, vehicle tracking, asset tracking, and fuel cards, Julia writes content that cuts through the noise to help you find the right solutions and technologies for your business. Having spent five years working across the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, she loves helping exciting ventures – big or small – to flourish.