Why More US Tech Companies Are Heading to Canada

By Ben Hamill - April 09, 2019
Canada A Top Work-Force Immigration Destination

HR leaders love them, Canada embraces them, and the Trump administration does everything in its power to keep them out: foreign tech workers. But, as the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Never has the old adage rung more true than in the present time. Trump may think that he’s got the one-up on US companies thanks to his steely resolve to make visa processes as complicated as possible, but tech companies are having none of it. Thanks to Trump’s US border having become a hostile environment for all who dare attempt to scale the walls of keep-‘em-out, more and more US-based businesses are jumping the border themselves and making their way into Canada.

Hiring nationals from other countries is much easier from Canada’s side of the fence, and since many companies anticipate that their foreign-employee head count is bound to stay the same, if not increase throughout the duration of 2019, embracing an economy that looks favourably on skilled human resources regardless of origin, makes perfect sense.

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Big Names Make Up Lobby Lists

Those in favour of easing up on immigration policies in the US include major tech-giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. These three, together with a number of other tech-corps, are all members of CompeteAmerica, a coalition of employers in favour of easing up on immigration laws. Last year, CompeteAmerica addressed a letter of appeal to the US Department of Homeland Security. The letter detailed how and why Trump’s policies were bad for business.

There’s also Business Roundtable, which is a group of top US executives sharing similar sentiments about immigration policies. Some of its members include Tim Cook (Apple), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Ginni Rommety (IBM). The organisation specifically expressed its disappointment with the fact that government has no qualms about changing visa-conditions mid-way through the various application processes.

This, said Business Roundtable (BR), makes life exceptionally difficult for workers trying to renew their temporary work visas, and by association, for the involved businesses too. A similar letter to that written by CompeteAmerica was addressed to Homeland Security by BR.

Apparently neither of two letters was deemed worthy of a response from Trump, or any of his handmen or -maidens, despite the fact that the people considered to be the backbone of American enterprise authored the letters.

Trump Wins The Battle; Loses The War

It’s all thanks to Trump and his ‘Hire American’ policy, which was introduced halfway through 2017. Noble as what this may be, Trump doesn’t seem to realise that America simply does not have a sufficient number of locals able to do tech labour.

Many US companies have already set up shop in Canada and for the sole purpose of being permitted to hire the best person for the job instead of having to settle for the best American for the job.

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