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Sectors that are hiring in Quebec: information technology

The subject is so vast that it is already necessary to define the framework of these information technologies, to which the notion of communication (ICT) is often added. Since the 1990s, the connections between IT, audiovisual and telecommunications have impacted daily life, with the birth of new professions that are part of this digital revolution. More recently, the pandemic has confirmed this omnipresence, as evidenced by the impressive financial results of Gafam (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft) which experienced double-digit growth over the whole of 2020!

Increased needs for social links, express deliveries, videoconferencing, use of telework have contributed to this growth among individuals but, more broadly, the digitization of companies, sometimes the automation of their tasks or even their needs in terms of communication, management and computer maintenance have given these new technologies an essential place. However, the needs in this area are particularly great in Quebec, which has led the provincial government to place this sector among the professions concerned by its Workforce Operation. This targets priority sectors, focusing in particular on local training, but also by promoting immigration in an attempt to stem these shortages.

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Omnipresence of ICT in economic activity

According to data from the Labor Force Survey (a Statistics Canada study that assesses the current state of the Canadian labor market), more than 262,000 professionals work in the ICT sector in Quebec. But above all, the number of jobs created in this sector has increased by 80% over the last fifteen years. This considerable increase is explained in particular by the diversity of the functions attached to it, with a presence in a multitude of different companies and activities. Overall, about half of ICT professionals work in industries directly related to this sector (65% are employed in computer services and software publishing, and about 22% in telecommunications). The other half of these professionals are employed in a very wide variety of other sectors (public administration, health care, manufacturing, finance, etc.).

What professions?

The list of professions related to information and communication technologies is hardly exhaustive, as they are varied. However, certain specific functions are among the most sought after in Quebec. This is the case of developers, a fairly broad term that covers both the analysis of organizational activities, the design and upgrading of software programming algorithms, or even work on websites and various applications, web or mobile. The computer systems managers are also popular in technical support, computer security or maintenance of management systems. Just like the data analysts who bring their expertise on databases and interpret them so that companies can optimize their business returns.

But beyond the sole professions, it is interesting to point out the areas of activity that are on the rise and are in search of talent. This is the case for the environment of software. Some are called “applications” (internal or external process management software, engineering software, personal software and collaboration software, etc.) or else “systems” (information management software, systems management software and network, application development software and middleware). artificial intelligence is another field with considerable development potential in Quebec, driven in particular by the research carried out at the Universities of Montreal and McGill, where more than 250 researchers and doctoral students work in this field. thes telecommunications are another important sector, with nearly 50,000 jobs listed in the province and more than 500 companies present. On the borders of pure technology professions, Quebec also has prominent players in cutting-edge sectors such as microelectronics, with around a hundred companies present and several thousand employees, or even optics-photonics (imaging, systems vision and optical communications).

Which companies?

Unsolicited applicants will have plenty of choices when it comes to soliciting companies in this sector, which are very numerous in Quebec in a wide variety of fields. If this sector is mainly composed of small companies, heavyweights are still present. For example, in the field of software, we notice the presence of Google, IBM, Dassault Systèmes, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, Oracle… In telecommunications, other industrial flagships stand out, such as BCE inc. (formerly Bell Canada), Telus, Rogers, Ericsson, Tata Communications, Videotron, etc., or others more in the making such as Accedian Networks, Haivision, Guavus…

In the field of artificial intelligence, we also note the presence of giants such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Thales, and especially DeepMind, the world leader in the field which works in close collaboration with McGill University. It should also be noted that the Japanese group Denso (a major automotive parts supplier with 170,000 employees in 135 countries) has opened an artificial intelligence research laboratory in Montreal since 2019. Another world-class company with the Canadian CGI (consulting services in information technology, systems integration, outsourcing and solutions, etc.). Finally, in multimedia, the Grass Valley company (a member of the Belden group) is the world leader in the field of high-definition audio and video communication systems for the television broadcasting industry, alongside in particular brands that shine in the also flourishing video game industry in Quebec (Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros, Gameloft, Eidos and Behavior Interactive…).

Which regions?

The majority of jobs in this information and communication technology sector are concentrated in the Montreal region, where many major players operate. Region is the most conducive to employment in Quebec, it is also here that we find the best opportunities to get a job in ICT, including outside this industry strictly speaking as we have seen previously . The creative and cultural industries are the most numerous there, as are activities such as cloud computing (Quebec formulation to designate the cloud computing), or fintechs (most often ICT start-ups that stand out for their innovative practices). While the Montérégie region (close to the Montreal region) is also doing well in ICT-related activities (it accounted for just over 22% of Quebec jobs in this area until 2016), this predominance of Greater Montreal in ICT is essential. The agglomeration ranks fifth among the twenty largest cities in Canada and the United States in terms of concentration of jobs in technology.


Mark:1 Canadian dollar = approx. €0.70

Network Administrator: $60-110/hr – User Interface Designer: $65-100/hr – Telecommunications Analyst: $65-110/hr – Computer Developer: $65-120/hr – Computer Programmer: $70-120/hr $110/hr – Business Analyst: $70-115/hr – Network Engineer: $70-120/hr – Linux/Unix Administrator: $75-120/hr – Cloud Engineer: $75-130/hr. Data Scientist: $75-130/hr – Information Security Manager: $90-150/hr.


Randstad 2022 salary guide (indicative averages for the Montreal region)

How to find your job

The Techno Skills site offers a list of the most frequently offered job offers over the 2019-2020 period, i.e. major trends that remain relevant. From which it appears that the profession of computer technician (finally rather broad designation) is the most in demand, ahead of that of network technician and analyst-programmer. More broadly, this site offers a large number of documentary resources on the ICT sector in Quebec.

We can also mention two other sites specializing in IT and digital: ;

In addition, the provincial government site, Emploi Québec, remains valuable for organizing and refining one’s job search.

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Investment Quebec

Immigrant Quebec

Talent Montreal

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