As Canada’s “Culture Capital,” Montreal is an exciting, vibrant city to live and work in.
By the Numbers
- Population (2017): 2,033,189
- Land Area: 500 sq. kilometres
- 1.3 Million Jobs
- Employment (2019): increase of 3.3% in the past year
- Immigrant Population (2016): 34%
- Infrastructure: $34 billion in investments under construction
- Population aged 25-64 with university degrees (2016): 40.3%
McGill University. As one of the world’s top research universities, McGill University has been ranked in the QS University Rankings as one of the top 25 universities in the world over the last twelve years. And fun fact, many well recognized post-secondary institutions in North America including the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dawson College were founded by McGill alumni. Some notable discoveries to stem from McGill University include the creation of the first artificial blood cell and the invention of Plexiglas.
Concordia University. This University was founded in 1974, with the merger of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University in Montreal. Concordia University prides itself on forming partnerships within the community. This institution is known to deliver the perfect combination of classroom and real-world experiences, providing practical learning opportunities and the ability to enter the workforce prepared.
The University of Montreal. Unlike the latter two, the University of Montreal is a French-language university. For all the science and engineering fanatics, this institution takes a lead on the development of Montreal’s AI scene. For some exciting stats, the University of Montreal ranks third in Canada for their volume of research activities. This university is also ranked as 85th among the world’s top universities, according to the Times Higher Education ranking.
UQAM. UQAM, The Université du Québec à Montréal, is another French-language university. UQAM takes an open and creative approach to learning and is recognized internationally. Its unique focus on social concerns and innovation in the arts allow the institution to take a less traditional approach to research. Areas of focus that have formed the university include public relations, actuarial science, sexology, social law, design and visual arts, feminist studies, and social economy.
High Growth Sectors
General Fun Facts
In 2018, Montréal joined Winnipeg and Hamilton as the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the country.
Montreal is a pop culture icon. You know the song “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono? This famous tune was recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel 1969 during their famous week-long bed-in.
It has high-end parks. Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City. Be sure to stop and take in the view at the lookout.
It has history and architecture in spades. Montreal is a UNESCO city of design. Check out the beautiful architecture around the city – especially in Old Montreal and the Old Port.
It has an underground city, which is a series of interconnected tunnels that run for over 32km. The tunnels connect shopping malls, over 2000 stores, 7 metro stations, universities, banks, offices, museums, restaurants and so on.
Montreal loves education. Every year, Montreal hosts more than 18,000 foreign students from more than 150 countries and in 2013 it has been ranked the number 1 destination for tertiary studies. There are 11 university-level institutions in Montreal, including the 4 world-class universities.
Montreal Tech Success Stories
Frequently Asked Questions
What is unique about the Montreal tech market?
Montreal is largely considered one of the most cultured cities in North America. It has a beautiful historic quarter dubbed Old Montreal, and some of the best nightlife in Canada. Uniquely, Montreal is a fully bilingual city located in the francophone province of Quebec. While candidates with French-speaking abilities can expect to find significant job opportunities in Montreal, as a bilingual city, English speakers should find no issues using English in the workplace. This multi-cultural hub has produced a truly unique job market that appeals to tech workers across the globe. Montreal also has a thriving video game sector, a successful visual effects industry, is an artificial intelligence leader, and is home to the largest Canadian aerospace engineering companies.
What are some exciting tech roles that companies hire for in Montreal
Facebook previously announced a 127 million-dollar AI facility, Ubisoft’s main site employs thousands, and Bombardier is designing and manufacturing actual jumbo-jets. There is an endless supply of unique technical roles in Montreal regardless of the chosen sector. Expect to see a lot of hiring around video game programming, with roles like Graphics and Gameplay Programmers. If you are more artistic and want to do VFX work on blockbuster movies, check out roles like a Texture and Shading Artist, Technical Director (Rigging) or Art Director. If you prefer a more traditional technical role check out engineering positions like Avionic Specialist, Systems Engineer or Hardware Engineer. Montreal’s job options are as diverse as the city itself, with a technical role to suit every taste.
What start-ups have Talentlab worked with in Montreal?
“Talentlab has been a valued partner in recruitment. They have been critical in sourcing, screening, and hiring difficult to find technical talent in Montreal. Unlike other recruitment companies, they make sure that they fully understand the client’s needs by building meaningful and lasting working relationships. At the same time, their staff is always on the lookout top talent in an extremely competitive industry. They consistently have delivered excellent results in all of the mandates I have had the pleasure of working with them. Their understanding of the market and staffing needs is unmatched and I am always extremely happy to recommend and work with them.”
– Katerina Perez, Operations Specialist @ PasswordBox