If Toronto is the first place that comes to mind when you think about working in Canada, you may be missing out on opportunities, amazing quality of life, and affordable cost of living that other Canadian cities have to offer. Case in point: Calgary. The capital of the province of Alberta has a strong tech scene and was ranked the most livable city in North America and the 5th most livable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (2009-2019).

Many VanHackers have found their Canadian homes in Calgary. One amazing example is married couple Shreya and Sidharth, both developers from India, who got hired and relocated through VanHack.

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The tech industry in Calgary 

The Calgary Herald has called the growth in Alberta’s tech industry over the past years “dramatic”. The province is home to more than 3,000 technology companies, a 233% increase since 2012, according to a report conducted by Alberta Enterprise Corp. in partnership with consulting firm PwC. Once predominantly made up of startups, the sector is more mature now with almost 40% of tech companies registering annual revenues of more than $1 million. 

Employment is also on the rise. The PwC report shows that over the past two years, the number of tech companies with 25 or more employees has increased by 13% to 25%. Kristina Williams, president and CEO of Alberta Enterprise Corp., told Calgary Herald that demand for tech talents is high but access to skilled professionals is still low. Williams believes that for the tech sector to keep growing in Alberta the province will have to invest in education and retraining, as well as attract talent from outside its borders. High-demand positions include intelligence, data engineering, full-stack agile software delivery, site reliability engineering, machine learning, and data analytics, among other skills.

Most of the tech companies in Alberta are located in Calgary (58%). Nicknamed “Cowtown” for its history of farming and agriculture, Calgary is now becoming the center of Canada’s oil industry and spearheading Alberta’s growth. Tiffany Kaminsky, the co-founder of business intelligence company Symend, told the Calgary newspaper that the city is “starting to build some momentum” and that “people are starting to pay attention to Calgary and Alberta on a global scale.” We ditto that. 

Calgary offers great life quality and welcoming, diverse communities

According to its Department of Economic Development, Calgary is the third most diverse major city in Canada. More than 120 languages are spoken in the city and people from over 150 countries are currently living in the “cowtown”. Such impressive numbers are not a coincidence, Calgary is a welcoming city by design.

In 2008, Alberta’s capital kickstarted the Calgary in the New Economy program, a strategy to help the city keep up with the innovations and disruptions of the world of digital economy. Updated in 2014, the plan includes incentives to immigration and provides new-comers with education opportunities and events to showcase and celebrate Calgary’s diversity. 

An amazing job opportunity in Calgary is available to you right now

Calgary is looking pretty great, isn’t it? What if we told you not one not two but a hundred job openings in Calgary are available on our platform right now? A major Canadian company has partnered with VanHack to hire 100 international developers to work remotely and later relocate. You can learn more here.

You can read more about the city of Calgary here.

And you can know more about Calgary’s tech ecosystem here.

Economist Intelligence Unit.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Development Department

Calgary in the New Economy

Life in Calgary