Canada is no stranger to the controversial Trump administration, and it will likely feel its effects for years to come, particularly when it comes to jobs.
New research from career marketplace Hired shows that potential job candidates in the US are increasingly considering working for companies based in Canada. The company used data from hundreds of job interview requests sent to US-based candidates by Canadian companies, and found that 65 per cent of them were willing to interview with Canadian companies in the first few months of 2017, up from 44 per cent in Q3 2016.
Hired points out that there has been a notable jump in interest between 2015 and 2016, when Trump won the election. Just 37 per cent of US-based job seekers were willing to interview with Canadian companies in Q4 2015, a number which almost doubled to 60 per cent a year later in Q4 2016.
It also adds that of those surveyed, one third of candidates interested in relocating outside of the US chose Canada as their top choice.
These numbers should come as no surprise. With Trump’s executive order earlier this year banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries from entering the US – a move heavily criticized by tech companies – there has been speculation that many companies will consider expanding operations in Canada. And as Trump’s administration moves to censor scientific data at several public federal agencies, particularly climate change information, many of them are turning to Canada as a safe haven for data backups.