Tech workers are fleeing the United States to work in Canada

  • Canada’s tech companies are receiving an increase in interest from US applicants, a new study reports.
  • The study found that 53% of 55 surveyed tech companies in Toronto experienced an uptick in interest from US applicants in 2017.
  • The study’s findings correspond with a study conducted last year which also showed a surge in American tech worker’s interest in Canadian employment.

Tech workers in the US are shifting their sights from Silicon Valley to another northern liberal bastion: Canada.

A new study by Canadian tech innovator hub MaRS reported that tech companies in Toronto saw a significant escalation of US applicants in 2017.

The study, which was originally reported by Axios, surveyed 55 tech companies in Toronto and found that more than half had seen an increase in international applicants. Of the international applicants who applied, 82% were from the US.

The study’s results correspond with a survey MaRS conducted earlier last year, in which several Toronto-based startups reported newfound interest in their companies from US applicants.

American tech workers could be interested in joining the Canadian workforce for several reasons: Both Toronto and Vancouver are gradually becoming established tech hubs that are attracting international talent. (Last year, Business Insider ranked them in the top 25 most high-tech cities in the world.)

Another factor is of a more political nature: The President’s unfriendly stance on immigration is thought to have sparked renewed interest among Americans in Canadian employment as well.