While the timing is fortuitous for those who are so frustrated they feel they must throw their hands up in the air and walk away, the timing wasn't due to the U.S. presidential election. The measures are the result of Canada losing talented tech workers to California and other countries for years.
"The strategy, unveiled Tuesday [November 1] by Finance Minister Bill Morneau," writes the Globe & Mail, "includes measures that will make it easier for fast-growing Canadian tech firms and multinational corporations operating here to quickly bring in skilled foreign workers for jobs they are struggling to fill in Canada."
Jim Woodgate, investigator and director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, told Vice, "We've had many years of net migration of our brightest minds to our southern neighbor. I'd say it's time to repay the compliment."
While it's not feasible to pack your bags and walk to another country at a moments notice, there's a path for Americans in the tech industry to find work in Canada's growing tech economy, which includes familiar names like Hootsuite, Shopify, and Sortable. If the measures work for Canada, it could be bad for the U.S. as talented high-skill tech workers leave the country for greener pastures.