ICTC Corporate Newsletter – June 2014

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The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has announced a three-year project in partnership with the industry and associations, academic institutions, and policy makers to ensure the availability of timely, relevant and specific labour market information and forecasts for the digital economy. This initiative will assist Canadians to find and prepare for skilled jobs in the ICT sector. Nearly 60,000 jobs will be created in the next several years in emerging fields such as mobile, apps, cloud, and automation and robotics, adding to the 106,000 jobs that were expected to have been created between 2011 and 2016 in traditional ICT sectors. ICTC’s new web tool will provide accurate forecasts and make finding those jobs – and preparing for them with training – accessible to everyone.

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Economic and Social Development, today commented on this initiative saying: “Our Government’s top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. That is why our Government is committed to addressing the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of too many jobs without Canadians. This project will provide better labour market information in the information and communications sector so we can ensure that Canadians have the skills they need for the jobs that are available today and into the future. ”

To read the full announcement click here.

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Emerging digital technologies such as mobile apps, digital platforms, and cloud architectures have the potential to create Canadian competitive advantage, boosting productivity and innovation – but only if those technologies are adopted by Canadian enterprises in the public and private sectors.

To fuel this adoption, a consortium of industry-leading representatives – the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), CATAAlliance and the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) – has come together to give shape to an innovation agenda with implications for enterprises, educators and policy-makers.

To discover more about what the Information and Communications Technology Council is doing in response click here.

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The Information and Communications Technology Council is pleased to announce that the CareerConnect – Wage Subsidy program is now opened and available to the public.

Is your organization hiring for an information and communications technology job?

ICTC can help.

Youth graduates from post-secondary institutions have in-demand skills and are looking for work. But, they sometimes lack the experience that employers demand. The “CareerConnect – Connecting Canadian Youth with High-Demand ICT Jobs in High-Demand Fields” project provides qualified employers with a wage subsidy to help offset the cost of hiring a graduate.

To discover more about CareerConnect and to if you are eligible for the program please click here.



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The Information and Communications Technology Council finds that 64,100 are now employed within the apps economy, nearly 25% higher than in October 2012.

The report, which is based on survey, secondary data and interviews, finds that the number of people employed in the development of apps has grown by nearly 25% since the Council released a first report in October 2012. Enterprises developing apps are generating $1.7 billion in revenue per year – expected to reach $5.2 billion by 2019.

The lion’s share of apps development is occurring in Ontario, where 28,700 are employed in developing apps (both technical and non-technical workers). Quebec is another hub of activity with its 14,000 apps jobs.

The report is available for download. To view the full report click here.


[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”ICTC, MediaSmarts publish youth digital skills event summary:“]

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and MediaSmarts has released a summary of their February 10 event, Youth and Digital Skills Symposium: Preparing young Canadians to make social, economic and cultural contributions. It describes, as were heard at the event, the opportunities, challenges and proposed next steps to ensuring the highest digital literacy and skills among Canadian youth.

Full information about the Symposium, including presentations, video and documents, is available at https://www.ictc-ctic.ca/?page_id=17246.


To view the document in English, click here.

To view the document in French, click here.


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Showing their commitment to strengthening tomorrow’s workforce, leading organizations across Cape Breton gathered at Riverview Rural High School’s IT Fair, where Information and Communication Technology Council’s (ICTC) Focus on Information Technology (FIT) program has launched officially in Nova Scotia.

Riverview Rural High School (RRHS) is the first high school in Nova Scotia to enter into a formal agreement with ICTC. It joins other FIT schools across Canada integrating effective classroom technology required for 21st century learning and teaching.

To read more about successful event click here.

For more information on ICTC’s Focus IT program visit: http://www.focusit.ca/

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[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”Gender equality survey:“]

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has released a survey and is conducting a study to help understand the opportunities available to women to contribute to, and advance, the ICT sector and the Canadian digital economy.

Individual responses to this survey will be strictly confidential. Results, findings, and conclusions will provide only aggregate data. This survey should take less than ten (10) minutes to complete.

Please click to start the survey

[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”ICTC Community:“]

In a global, digital marketplace, Canadian enterprises need access to new national and international markets as well as business intelligence to succeed. To respond to industry demand for greater connectivity, visibility, and useful tools, ICTC is pleased to offer the new ICTC Community.

Every year, ICTC’s research, events and publications help shape conversations about the future of our innovation economy. Small and medium-size organizations use ICTC’s tools to hire, train, and retain the talent they need to ensure their continued business success.

For more information contact:

Gesine Freund, ICTC Stakeholder Relations Lead

[email protected]

Click here for ICTC Community page 

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  • Talk to the Hand Show – 1310 NewsNamir Anani, President and CEO at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) examines Minister Moore’s Digital Canada 150 launch with Radio Host Ed Hand.
  • Data analytics: Ottawa’s new high-tech industry CBC Ottawa’s Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco reports on the growth of data analytics employment in Ottawa and nationally (video and text stories). View the story and clip here.
  • Yahoo! Finance Canada: Want jobs, jobs, jobs? Use apps, apps, apps
    Shane Schick takes a sharp look at our recent apps research in this article on Yahoo! Canada Finance. Click to read more.
  • ICTC cloud publication in Canadian CIO- April 2014: ICTC’s Research Associate, Sam Bourgi, was published in the April edition of Canadian CIO. To view the article on cloud computing, click here.
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Coming up:

ICTC’s Digital Advantage: 


As a business leader, are you digitally prepared?

The digital economy is on the rise. With digital competencies now being a mandatory pre-requisite for any business executive, it is important to understand business opportunities offered by emerging technologies. ICTC is Canada’s leader in defining the digital skills and competencies that can help any organization make technology investment decisions that will set them apart from competition. The C-Suite Digital Advantage online training modules help rapidly acquire the necessary knowledge and be conversant in emerging technologies as they relate to business value for your organization. The tool is delivered in short business language modules. The digital C-Suite product aids you through the navigation process. With the result of your organization being digitally prepared.

Stay tuned for more information

[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”Recent Blog posts“]
  • Five tips for newcomers seeking an IT career in Canada: June 4th, 2014
    The following is a guest post by Meng Li, a member of ICTC’s National Immigration Initiatives Steering Committee since 2007.  As an internationally educated professional landed in Canada almost 15 years ago, I am often asked to share my experiences and give advice for newcomers to…
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  • Get Youth Hired – The Final Frontier: June 3rd, 2014Digital technologies are fast re-shaping the Canadian economy. The opportunities and implications for Canadian economic prosperity are immense – but only if Canadians have the skills necessary to ensure we compete. Our research demonstrates that there won’t be enough skilled talent to…
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  • Staying ahead of the digital curve: May 27th, 2014In today’s digital economy, change is rapid. Keeping up with the pace of technology, let alone digital adoption, may be remarkably difficult without embedding professional development into work cycles. Below are a few professional development events, resources, and tools on spotlight…
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  • ICTC and WCT PD Webinar: Technology & New Ways of Working Webinar: May 27th, 2014The war for talent continues. The nature of how we work continues to evolve. Business operates globally 24/7, 365 days a year. Employees today seek an engaging workplace. They are interested in growth and development, flexible work hours, working from home or locally without needing…
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  • ICTC’s Sharif Faisal presents at Research Showcase May 12 ,2014: May 22nd, 2014On May 12th ICTC analyst Sharif Faisal, had the opportunity to present ICTC’s research on mobile apps development and how it is generating economic gains for the creative media industries in Ontario. The work was commissioned by the Ontario Media Development Corp. The auditorium was filled with an engage…
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  • CareerConnect guides Kevin towards valuable work experience: May 21st, 2014Contributed by CareerConnect participant Kevin: On May 2013, my time as an undergraduate student in the BASc Computer Engineering program at UBC was finally coming to an end. This was a time of great excitement and uncertainty. As a recent graduate with no real-world experience as a…
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ICTC maintains an up-to-date blog with unique and relevant posts. To view more of our blog click the following link: https://www.ictc-ctic.ca/?page_id=384

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