Canada’s immigration regime is among the most progressive in the world, and even those inconvenienced by it have positive things to say. But current policies are impeding growth for startups that have few financial and human resources. And while plenty of old-economy industries might object to any special treatment for the tech sector, it may be unavoidable if politicians actually want highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs to come to Canada.

Immigration is a “raw requirement” for the tech industry, says Galbraith. “[High-tech] is where most or many of the high-paying jobs are going to be—it’s where business is going—and if we want to be part of the knowledge economy, it’s just an absolute imperative,” he says. “I don’t know if other industries could honestly say those same things.”

This article is from the June 2016 issue of Canadian Business. Subscribe now!


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