Within days of this month’s U.S. presidential election, Cody Green’s Vancouver-based financial tech startup was facing “an influx of literally dozens of resumés coming in from the States.”
Green, the founder and co-CEO of Canada Drives, says it’s too early to say if the flood of American applicants is a knee-jerk reaction from some skilled workers unhappy with the ascendancy of president-elect Donald Trump.
“We’ll feel in the coming months what the actual net effect is going to be,” said Green, whose company specializes in securing financing for car owners.
But the potential for tech workers to make good on their word to move to Canada in the event of a Trump presidency could provide growth for start-ups struggling to recruit talent in Vancouver’s burgeoning tech sector.
Trump’s election comes a week after federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a new “global skills strategy” targeting skilled foreign workers.
The program, set to go into effect in the spring, aims to offer short-term labour relief to international businesses or tech startups that need to recruit top talent from overseas.
Green said whether it’s engineering or programming jobs, it’s “always a challenge to fill them with local candidates.”
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