Canada is home to a vibrant and diverse tech sector that is a major driver of innovation and economic growth. However, to date, we have only had a limited view of how pervasive of an impact technology – and technology-related jobs – has on the size of our economy and its contribution to our workforce.
The way we traditionally think about the tech sector – as one industry sector among many – understates the fact that many of the tools, techniques, and skills that we associate with “high tech” are in fact utilized across a much broader section of the economy. Looking through this lens, Canada’s tech sector is much bigger than our current definitions are able to capture.
The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship has developed the first panCanadian definition of Canada’s tech sector that attempts to more accurately capture the sector’s contribution to Canada’s economy. To do this, we developed our definition from the ground up by adopting and applying methodologies first used by the UK’s Nesta, the Brookings Institution and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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