U.S. employers say Canada’s immigration policies are better

About two-thirds of U.S. employers see Canada’s immigration policies as more favourable than American. “Canada has been using friendly immigration policies as one of its key tools to aggressively attract tech companies,” said the 2019 Immigration Trends Report from Envoy, a firm selling immigration services to companies. Of the 405 HR professionals and hiring managers who participated in Envoy’s survey late last year, 38% said their companies were thinking about expanding to Canada, and about a fifth said they already had one or more offices there. Toronto added more tech jobs in 2017 than the Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. together, and the nation’s capital, Ottawa, boasts more than 1,700 tech companies, the report said. The firm’s findings come amid a fierce national debate over immigration, with significant controversy over the H-1B visa.