Canada is one of the biggest growth areas for video games with many of the big video game publishers locating game studios in the country. There are currently over 480 game studios in Canada which house over 24,000 employees in technical and creative jobs.
The Canadian Government has recognised the Canadian games market and realised that it adds over $3bn to Canadas GDP with over 90% of that from Export sales and because of this they introduced the new Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The programme will allow high-growth video game studios operating in Canada to attract the specialized global talent they need to transfer knowledge, innovate and grow by providing a faster and better streamlined service. This means that it makes it easier for foreign workers to land a job in games in Canada.
The average salary of someone working in the Video Games Industry in Canada is $71,300 pa, so this makes it a popular place to relocate.
Video Game Studios in Canada include Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Capcom, Activision Blizzard, Microsoft Canada, Nintendo of Canada, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Other Ocean, Glu Mobile, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Ludia, Silverback Games, Square Enix, Relic Entertainment, Take Two Interactive and Gameloft.
New research that has been conducted by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada reveals that the majority of Canadians back the Federal Governments support of the Video Games Industry.
55% of Canadians believe that the video game industry has an overall positive impact on the Canadian economy, and 62% also believe that it is an innovative sector which is helping to shape the Canadian economy of the future. Envisioning the opportunity that lies ahead, a strong majority (67%) also believe that the video game industry provides good opportunities for young people currently planning their careers.