Following Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election, Canadian tech companies have seen an uptick in U.S. job applicants, according to recent polling.
A survey of 42 Canadian startups showed that nearly half saw a notable increase in applications from the U.S. this year, according to Toronto-based tech innovation hub MaRS. The tech accelerator queried startups in its network that had over $1 million in annual revenue and that were likely to have U.S. exposure.
Though the increase could be influenced by Canada's growing tech industry, the correlation with last year's election and seemingly steep rise are difficult to ignore.
“Engineers wanting to immigrate to Canada from places like India are normal, but I’ve never seen anything close to the numbers of candidates from the U.S.” said Roy Pereira, CEO of automated virtual assistant company Zoom.ai. “Normally, we see zero to very small numbers of engineers applying to technical roles in Canada.”