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Studies & Publications

  • Immigration

    Digital Economy Supply: The Immigration Stream: This report examines the labour market impact of immigrants in Canada’s digital economy and the importance of immigration as a competitive advantage for Canada in the global digital economy. It provides a detailed breakdown of immigrants employed in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roles and provides specific recommendations on what Canadian policy makers, employers, and educators need to do to secure top international digital talent in the competitive global labour market.


The recommendations in this report build upon ICTC’s National Digital Talent Strategy

  • Technologies

    Big Data

    The Big Data report examines the economic and labour market impact of big data adoption in Canada, linking it to the broader Internet of Things (IOT) economy, which is expected to add trillions to global GDP. The report provides a detailed breakdown of Canada’s big data market, business models, job trends and emerging occupations.

    Cyber Security

    • Cybersecurity as a competitive advantage for your Organization: Secure information means fewer work interruptions, minimize or eliminate lost revenues, and strong customer relationships in the face of cyber attacks. To help you secure this advantage, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), with funding from Public Safety Canada, will deliver cyber security workshops to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in five cities across Canada.
    • Safeguarding Critical Infrastructures in a Hyper Connected Global Economy. Hyper connectivity is driving the transformation of our digital economy into an intelligence economy, an environment where 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This phenomenon, referred to as Internet of Things (IoT), is spreading beyond our private and business lives to include critical infrastructures (CIs) such as telecommunications networks, power grids, transportation systems, healthcare, financial services and others.

    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence in Canada: Where Do We Stand? (2015). Despite these huge strides in Artificial Intelligence, a key question remains with respect to Canada’s readiness to embrace the transformative nature of AI in an increasingly global and competitive environment. ICTC has conducted a research to understand the current ecosystem of AI in Canada and to raise awareness about the potential actions that can support its development and adoption.

    Automation & Robotics

    Intelligent Industrialization: The Next Wave (2015) explores the opportunities created by industrial automation and robotics in the manufacturing industry. The study explores how industrial automation has helped manufacturing companies in Canada achieve cost-savings while improving quality, flexibility, and speed. It also explores how automation is reshaping the labour needs to higher skilled talent in manufacturing and related processes.

    Mobile Technologies

    The Appification of Everything: Canada’s Apps Economy Value Chain (2014) explores significant opportunities created by mobile applications, or apps. This study is a notable step in understanding Canada’s apps economy value chain and exploring the labour market and economic impact of apps.

    Generating Economic Gains for Creative Media Industries in Ontario (2014) measures the mutual labour market and economic impacts of creative media industries and mobile apps industry in Ontario. It demonstrates how the emergence and adoption of mobile applications (apps) have created incremental economic opportunities for Ontario’s mobile apps industry and Ontario’s creative media industries.

    Canada’s Mobile Imperative: Leveraging Mobile Technologies To Drive Growth (2013) demonstrates the emergence and adoption of mobile technologies, and the opportunities those have created for incremental efficiency and productivity gains, cost reduction, and revenue generation in all sectors of the Canadian economy.

    Cloud Computing

    Canada’s Cloud Imperative (2013) explores the global cloud ecosystem; the economics of cloud computing (employment and GDP contribution); projected employment and GDP growth over a five-year period; skills outlook for ‘cloud’ professionals and the Canadian enterprise adoption of cloud computing services

    Digital Platforms  

    Canada’s Digital Imperative: Measuring Digital Platforms’ Labour Market and Economic Impact (2013) demonstrates how the emergence and adoption of digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Instagram, and YouTube have created incremental economic opportunities for Canadian enterprises in all sectors of the economy.


    Wireless Technology Roadmap: 2006-2016 – Mapping the Crucial Skills Required to Make Canada a Global Wireless Leader. (2007) defines the current state of wireless technology,  provides a vision of future technology developments and forecasts the resulting skills requirements.

  • Sub-Sector


    ICT in the Financial Services Sector (2012) is the first step in understanding the linkages between technology and finance.

    The follow-up report, Talent-Innovation-Investment: ICT in Toronto’s Financial Services Sector (2012), explores the FinTech ecosystem of Canada’s largest financial hub.

    Digital Media 

    A Human Resource Situational Analysis for Digital Media in Canada (2011) identifies and assesses critical human resource issues in Digital Media and aims to stimulate the development of strategic plans through critical recommendations. .


    eHealth in Canada: Current Trends and Future Challenges (2009) provides a situational analysis of the important aspects eHealth sector in Canada, such as eHealth technology use, major occupations (Health Informatics and Health Information Management) and critical human resources issues.

    A Health Informatics (HI) and Health Information Management (HIM) Human Resources Report (2009) estimates the current supply of and five-year requirements for Health Informatics (HI) and Health Information Management (HIM) professionals in Canada.


    Nanotechnology Subsector Study: Canada’s Evolving Nanotechnology Industry and Future Implications for the ICT Labour Force (2011) examines the potential impacts of recent and expected developments in nanotechnology on Canada’s ICT labour market.

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    • Occupations

       Business Analyst

      Business Analysts and the Digital Economy (2012) provides insight into the role of Business Analysts and proposes a portfolio of best practices that could be implemented by industry and government stakeholders to address the current and projected imbalance between the demand and supply of Business Analysts over the next five years.


      Skills in the Digital Economy (2016) In an increasingly connected global environment, digital technologies have become significant drivers of productivity, innovation and competitiveness in every sector of the Canadian economy. In the next 3-5 years, the adoption of smart and connected technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), will continuously reshape all aspects of the economy, including manufacturing, financial services, health, transportation, essential services and cities, as well as media and creative industries.