Digital Economy Annual Review 2019: Part 3

By Maryna Ivus & Chris Herron

ICTC is pleased to present the Digital Economy Annual Review 2019, a report that explores broad trends over the past year in Canada’s digital economy with respect to economic impact, the labour market, technology adoption, and talent supply.

This 2019 review will be presented through a three-part blog series.

The report utilizes historical data starting from 2009 through to 2019.

Canada’s ICT talent supply grew increasingly diverse in 2019. Women, youth, older workers, and immigrants all represented a higher share of the workforce than 10 years ago, led by immigrants and older workers. Gains among women and youth were modest. All groups, with the exception of newcomers, continued to be underrepresented in ICT employment, compared to the wider Canadian economy. Unemployment rates for all groups in ICT were less than half of those in non-ICT roles.

In 2019, women represented 26.5% of ICT workers. This was a small increase from 24.8% in 2009. Notably, female representation across the wider Canadian labour force dropped in the last 10 years.

Youth represented 8.1% of all ICT workers in Canada in 2019, up slightly from 7.8% in 2009. Over the same period, older workers jumped to 13% from 9%.

The share of immigrants among ICT professionals grew to 37% in 2019 from 26% in 2009. While immigrant employment has grown quickly throughout the Canadian economy, this trend is even more pronounced in tech. The vast majority (95.7%) of immigrants employed as ICT professionals live in Canada’s most populous provinces: Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta.

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