With a huge influx of capital and a new-found global brand, Toronto is a hot market for technical skills. The competition is getting so tight that many founders and HR professionals worry the shortage of tech talent will only grow. This not only gives job candidates a bit more negotiating room for the right role, it opens huge opportunities for people hesitant to take the leap into learning new technical skills.
Whether you’re considering learning on your own or finding a course through resources like CourseCompare, there’s enormous opportunity in Toronto for locals and folks considering moving alike.
We took a look at some of the fastest growing (and fastest hiring) companies in the city, profiling 9 companies that have 10 or more open technical positions. We’ve also featured a further 20 companies that have fewer than 10 open roles but are hiring, in many cases, multiple people for one role type. We specifically looked for UX/UI roles, development roles, data science roles, and product management roles – some of the crucial jobs that will make up the future of work.
FreshBooks began as a bootstrapped company, with founder Mike McDermott wanting to create a better way for small businesses to run accounting, invoicing, and payroll. After years of steady growth and a through-the-looking-glass company pivot, the organization is continuing its ascent.
Now, the platform is expanding beyond the traditional “small business” and into the “solopreneur” market, targeting fast-growing companies that only have one employee, their owner.
Check out jobs on the FreshBooks careers page.
Founded with millions of investment but no product at the time, League is the next company built by entrepreneur Mike Serbinis after his $300 million exit from e-reader Kobo which sold to Indigo Books. Eventually the company found its target – health insurance – and built a user-friendly app that is taking the space by storm.
The app now puts users in more control over how their health benefits are used with things like a Health Spending Account (HSA) and Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA). League has raised over $60 million as of its latest round in 2018.
Check out jobs on the League careers page.
The digital innovation arm of grocery chain Loblaws (which owns President’s Choice brand), Loblaw Digital looks at retail and e-commerce innovation. Acting more like an in-house innovation team than a startup per se, Loblaw Digital primarily focuses on creating digital experiences for business lines at Loblaws including grocery, e-commerce, and Joe Fresh fashion.
Located in Liberty Village, the office is a frequently-used venue for retail-tech themed events.
Check out jobs on the Loblaw Digital careers page.
Paytm Labs is an app that gives users rewards for making everyday bill payments. It offers flexibility in how you pay bills (cash, direct debit, or credit), aiming to give people control over paying their bills and rewarding them in the process.
The launch of the Canadian arm of Paytm Labs followed the success of Paytm India, where the company was founded and has over 400 million customers.
Check out jobs on the Paytm Labs careers page.
Ritual focuses on the last step in buying food, picking it up from restaurants, and working backward. Instead of waiting in lines, hungry app users can order the food ahead of time, walk in, pick up the food, and go. Payment is handled through the app, and Ritual’s ordering system for restaurants makes it so you don’t have to talk to anyone when you walk in.
Since launching in Toronto, the company has raised over $100 million and expanded throughout North America.
Check out jobs on the Ritual careers page.
RBC Ventures is the innovation arm of the Royal Bank of Canada, but touts itself as going “beyond banking” with a focus on how technology can improve the way Canadians live.
Acting as its own startup incubator and accelerator, RBC Ventures has built and spun out 15 startups in areas such as real estate, small business finances, and business incorporation.
Check out jobs on the RBC Ventures careers page.
A Canadian tech darling, Shopify is a commerce platform that powers over 500,000 online stores. The company also moved into physical commerce, powering brick-and-mortar stores with solutions for payments, inventory, and shipping management.
Shopify is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX and NYSE, making it one of the biggest Canadian tech success stories in history.
Check out jobs on the Shopify careers page.
Valtech is a digital agency with over 1,500 employees globally and an office in Toronto. The agency works with some of the largest brands in the world to build experience-first technologies.
With over 35 offices in 16 countries, the company has the scale to work with major brands, offering service lines like customer experience strategy, content strategy, data science, and emerging technology exploration.
Check out jobs on the Valtech careers page.
A global storytelling platform with over 70 million active users per month, Wattpad’s millions of authors share unique stories every day on the platform. Now, the platform has inked deals with major entertainment creators around the world, including Sony, to use Wattpad stories as the source of new TV shows and movies.
After repositioning itself as an entertainment marketplace, Wattpad aims to democratize storytelling and publishing, connecting authors with media and entertainment companies looking for fresh ideas.
Check out jobs on the Wattpad careers page.
While these companies have the most open roles, they are not the only ones hiring a lot of people (in both technical and non-technical roles). Here’s a further list of growing companies looking for great technical people in Toronto right now, presented in alphabetical order.
- Ada Support
- Drop (Earn with Drop)
- Kira Systems
- Zero Gravity Labs
If you’re not sure about culture or if the company is for you (new skills or not), most of these companies are also hiring for non-technical roles. If you’re considering getting new technical skills but want to find the right company first, you may want to apply and join in a non-technical role first to see what it’s like.
Of course, you can also get good mileage out of popular job platforms, especially if you know how to use them. Location based and title searches for Toronto jobs on Jooble, LinkedIn, Indeed, and Monster, for example, will reveal the latest opportunities. CareerBuilder, SimplyHired and Google Jobs are also worth investigating.
If all goes well, who knows – the company may even pay for your education using government funding or reimburse you if you successfully transition into a technical role. And if that’s the case, CourseCompare will help you acquire the skills and training you need to get there.