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Atlantic Canadian Cities Slip In Tech Talent Rankings

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Atlantic Canadian cities have generally lost ground in the past year in the rankings of Canadian tech talent centres, even though other small cities have advanced.

The real estate consultancy CBRE last week released its report titled 2019 Scoring Canadian Tech Talent, which ranks major Canadian cities based on their ability to support information technology companies. The survey’s main focus is the quality and quantity of tech talent in each city.

No Atlantic Canadian city made the top 10 as Halifax slipped four spots to No. 11. Halifax in recent years has been outpaced by other cities as it placed as high as No. 6 in 2015. In the 2019 rankings, St. John’s was unchanged at 17th spot, while Moncton slipped a position to No. 20. The report made no mention of other Atlantic Canadian cities.

The East Coast cities moved down the rankings even though CBRE noted that it was the smaller cities that experienced the most growth in the latest rankings. While Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Waterloo Region and Montreal led the rankings,  the report noted the strides made by such cities as Victoria and Edmonton.

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