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Canadian ICT industry - Statistics & Facts

Information and communication technology (ICT) refers to the industry of software, hardware, services, and telecommunications that facilitate the access, storage, and transfer of data between users and systems. The global ICT industry is expected to stagnate in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet ICT spending is projected to resume growth momentum afterwards, reaching close to six trillion euros by 2023. While Canada represents a relatively small portion of this global market, the country itself is home to a vibrant and diverse ICT sector that has grown to become one of the major national drivers of innovation and economic growth.

Canada’s ICT sector generated annual revenues of 210 billion Canadian dollars in 2019, while the ICT industry's contribution to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) reached approximately 100 billion Canadian dollars in that year. Between 2018 and 2019, Canada’s ICT spending grew by 4.9 percent, three times faster than the country's overall economic growth. The ICT sector is also a major provider of employment in Canada, recording a total number of more than 698,900 jobs in 2019. Many of these jobs have emanated from the professional, scientific, and technical services industry - 40 percent of jobs in 2019. Around 37 percent of the jobs created by the Canadian ICT sector are held by workers born outside of Canada.

The ICT sector in Canada comprises communications services, software and computer services, ICT manufacturing and ICT wholesaling. Canadian investment in the ICT sector has continued to enable and facilitate the broader exchange and implementation of ideas and data essential to innovation. Ontario generates by far the highest share of ICT sector output, by province.

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