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Tech firms, workers eye Vancouver move following Trump win

Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 2:34 pm PST

(Courtesy: Hootsuite)

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Some US tech firms and workers in that sector are looking into relocating to Vancouver following the outcome of the election, according to a number of executives in that industry.

The head of local giant Hootsuite has even shared a story about this on Twitter.

Hootsuite chief executive Ryan Holmes has posted on social media that he’s already received five calls from people looking to come up here.

And he says in one case, all 60 workers in one firm held a vote and unanimously decided to move up here.

Elyssa Macfarlane with local tech company Canada Drives says it could be an opportunity for some local companies to snap up talent.

“We have to anticipate the number of potential employees that might want to change their circumstances,” says Macfarlane. “It poses a great opportunity for those in the U.S. who are looking to change their situation.”

But she says the feds could do more to help.

“The federal government only recently announced a decision to simplify the process of recruiting highly skilled labour, which would create a new foreign worker permit,” says Macfarlane. “But I think policymakers have to look into what else they can do to make the process more seamless.”

Beyond Vancouver, Macfarlane also expects Toronto to benefit.