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Digital Policy Salon: EDI in Creative Technology

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: EDI in Creative Technology
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #66 • View online
Welcome to the 66th issue of the Digital Policy Salon newsletter.
We’re very excited to showcase two upcoming in-person events: a panel on diversity in the creative technology ecosystem, and a public engagement event on career transitions coming out of the pandemic. While both of these events are in Vancouver, we are actively interested in forming partnerships with community-serving organizations across Canada to co-host similar events: if this resonates for you, get in touch.
Our interview article tells the story of a start-up that successfully navigated the waters of the Canadian business ecosystem, unpacked in our recent report on scaling a technology business. Meanwhile, our policy updates bring optimistic news about the economy, and an overview of the Ontario general election. Last but not least, be sure to check out the postings in our careers section.
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Canadian GDP up 0.8% in first quarter of 2022, marking three consecutive quarters of GDP growth
Canadian GDP grew by 0.7% in March 2022 and 0.8% in the first quarter of 2022, marking three consecutive quarters of GDP growth. Growth over the past nine months was led by increased businesses investment in non-residential structures, machinery, and equipment, and by increased household spending. International export volumes also increased during the last two quarters of 2021 before declining by 2.4% in the first quarter of 2022.
First quarter of 2022 sees second largest increase in employee compensation in more than 40 years; tech salaries see major growth
Employee compensation grew by 3.8% in the first quarter of 2022, representing the second largest increase in employee compensation since 1981 (the largest being Q3 2020). According to Statistics Canada, average wages in Canada have risen as a result of increased competition for qualified labour, and in turn, employers offering higher salaries to attract workers. Tech sector wages have seen some of the highest growth rates, with some of Canada’s fastest growing tech companies reporting wage increases of up to 20% year over year.
A 2021 survey by HAYS similarly found that 40% of employers have lost talent to higher pay being offered elsewhere, with many startups seeing compensation expectations as “an insurmountable barrier.” The same survey found that more than one-fifth of companies have already or are planning to offshore part of their workforce in response to local talent shortages.
Ontario general election taking place today
The Ontario general election is taking place this week on Thursday, June 2nd. Information on how and where to vote can be found on the Elections Ontario website. Highlights from the major party’s election platforms are included below:
The Progressive Conservative party plans to spend $158.8 billion over ten years on core infrastructure projects; build out Ontario’s Critical Minerals Strategy and a Critical Minerals Innovation Fund; support high-speed internet access; create new 3 and 4-year degree programs at Ontario colleges and invest $1 billion annually in employment and training programs; expand the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (ONIP); invest $15 million over three years in medical and digital technologies through a new Life Sciences Innovation Program.
The Ontario Liberal Party plans to eliminate corporate taxes for two years for small businesses hit hard by the pandemic and invest in high-potential Ontario companies; fund programs that help SMEs “go digital” and enable SMEs to submit unsolicited bids to government; modernize privacy, data, and intellectual property laws; expand the Ontario Student Assistance Program and create more employer-informed learning and training options; invest in online learning for remote communities; cut Ontario’s carbon pollution in half by 2030; create 25,000 green jobs through an Ontario Green Jobs Fund; provide grants and rebates for retrofits and electric vehicles and charging equipment.
The Ontario NDP plans to expand access to affordable childcare; collect race-based data in all areas of healthcare; expand capacity for renewable clean energy and create an energy efficiency building retrofit program; create a zero-emissions vehicles strategy and incentives; provide tuition grants for green job-oriented programs; establish a cleantech bank; reach net-zero emissions by 2050; engage in strategic government procurement and build more innovation hubs; expand immigration through ONIP and expand work integrated learning and co-op opportunities in Ontario.
Interviews in the Field
Creating “Companies, Not Startups”: What Drives Successful Exits in Canada
Special Events
Vancouver Horizon Meetup – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Tech
An Equitable Rebound – Vancouver
What We're Reading
Tapping mineral wealth in mining waste could offset damage from new green economy mines
Educational tech, including CBC Kids, harvested personal data from children, new report claims
Being online isn’t enough for small businesses
Universities are ramping up targeted hiring to meet CRC equity goals
ICTC Career Opportunities
The vast majority of ICTC roles can be performed remotely. Consider applying even if you are not in the municipality listed.
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