Google is planning to deepen its investment in Canada with the opening of three new offices in Toronto, Montreal, and Waterloo. Last week, Ruth Porat, Senior Vice President and CFO at Google, was in Toronto to announce the construction along with significant funding for digital skills programming for Canadians.
The news coincides with the launch of new research about Google's impact on the Canadian economy.
By 2022, Google's Canadian offices will accommodate up to 5,000 employees. Google opened its first Canadian office in Toronto in 2001 with just one employee. Nineteen years later, Google employs more than 1,500 people north of the border including engineers, game developers, sales leaders, and AI researchers.
According to research released from Public First, Google's search and advertising products helped generate an estimated $23 billion in annual economic activity for more than 500,000 businesses in Canada last year alone - a total impact equivalent to approximately 1.1% of Canada's entire GDP.
"The open web allows any size company or individual creator in Canada to become a global business and reach customers," says Porat. "Canada's digital economy is now bigger than its forestry, mining and gas industries, and the transition to digital reflects incredible momentum for Canadian businesses leveraging data and online technologies."
Google.org is also announcing a $2.5 million grant for NPower Canada, a charitable organization that launches underserved young adults into meaningful and sustainable careers. The grant will go towards scholarships for the IT Support Professional Certificate and the IT Automation with Python certificate, to equip Canadians with in-demand tech skills to land new jobs in Canada's booming digital economy.
"We're investing directly in programs that support digital skills training for all Canadians," says Sabrina Geremia, Vice President of Google Canada. "We're excited to partner with NPower Canada, which has a strong track-record of supporting successful digital careers in IT and meeting the ongoing demands of Canadian employers."
As part of today's announcements, Google will also be launching the first Google for Startups Accelerator in Canada. The Accelerator will be based in Waterloo and will be Google's 12th accelerator globally. Google has been working with Canadian founders and ecosystem partners to invest in their potential so more Canadian start-ups can grow, scale and reach global success.
"Google is committed to helping the Canadian start-up ecosystem thrive by investing in an Accelerator in Waterloo," says Steve Woods, Canada Engineering and Waterloo Site Lead. "As the Toronto-Waterloo corridor continues to be a global centre of tech talent and innovation, it's the perfect place for us to expand our footprint and help grow the next generation of founders in Canada."
A rendering of Google's Waterloo, ON office space