Canadian ICT Sector Profile

October 2014

The ICT Sector consists mainly of small companies…

Figure 1: Companies by ICT Sub-sector, 2013

Pie chart of companies by ICT sub-sector for 2013 (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 1
Companies by ICT Sub-sector, 2013
Sub-sector Percentage
ICT Wholesaling 5.6%
ICT Manufacturing 3.0%
Communications Services 3.8%
Software & Computer Services 87.6%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

Figure 2: Companies by Employee Size for Total ICT Sector, 2013

Pie chart of companies by employee size for total ICT Sector in the year 2013 (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 2
Companies by Employee Size for Total ICT Sector, 2013
No. of employees Percentage
1-9 Employees 86.0%
10-49 Employees 10.9%
50-100 Employees 1.6%
100+ Employees 1.5%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

…and generates $159.9 billion in revenues.

Figure 3: ICT Sub-sector Revenues, 2007–2013
($Billions)

Bar chart of the ICT sub-sector revenues, for the period 2007–2013 (in billions of dollars) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 3
ICT Sub-sector Revenues, 2007–2013 ($Billions)
ICT Sub-Sectors 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Manufacturing 16.1 13.5 11.6 12.0 11.5 9.9 8.7
Software and Computer Services  38.1 40.9 42.7 43.3 46.7 49.1 51.8
Communications Services 47.2 50.5 52.3 54.2 56.1 57.6 59.1
Wholesaling  32.0 33.4 32.2 34.4 36.0 39.2 40.3
Total ICT Sector 133.4 138.3 138.9 143.8 150.3 155.7 159.9
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

Figure 4: Revenues by ICT Sub-sector, 2013
(Total: $159.9 Billion)

Pie chart of the revenues by ICT sub-sector for 2013 (Total: $159.9 Billion) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 4
Revenues by ICT Sub-sector, 2013
(Total: $159.9 Billion)
Sub-sector Percentage
ICT Wholesaling 25.2%
Communications Services 37.0%
Software & Computer Services 32.4%
ICT Manufacturing 5.4%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

The ICT Sector makes a substantial contribution to the Canadian GDP…

Figure 5: ICT Sector GDP, 2007–2013
(2007 Constant Billions of Dollars)

Bar chart of the ICT sector GDP, for the period 2007–2013 (2007 constant billions of dollars) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 5
ICT Sector GDP, 2007–2013 (2007 Constant Billions of Dollars)
Year ICT Sector GDP
2007 63.0
2008 64.1
2009 63.7
2010 66.1
2011 68.4
2012 68.5
2013 69.5
Source: Industrie Canada, Profil statistique des TIC au Canada

Figure 6: GDP by ICT Sub-sector, 2013
(Total: $69.5 Billion)

Pie chart of the GDP by ICT sub-sector, for the year 2013 (Total: $69.5 Billion) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 6
GDP by ICT Sub-sector, 2013 (Total: $69.5 Billion)
ICT Sub-sector Percentage of Total GDP
ICT Wholesaling 8.1%
ICT Manufacturing 5.7%
Telecom. Services 46.8%
Software & Computer Services 39.4%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

…and is a major source of jobs.

Figure 7: ICT Sector Employment, 2007–2013

Bar chart of the ICT Sector Employment, for the period 2007–2013 (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 7
ICT Sector Employment, 2007–2013
Year ICT Employment level  ICT share of Canadian Employment
2007 521.3 310.2%
2008 523.3 306.3%
2009 518.0 308.1%
2010 531.6 312.0%
2011 521.2 301.1%
2012 526.2 300.6%
2013 531.0 299.4%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

Figure 8: Employment by ICT Sub-sector, 2013
(Total: 530,957 Workers)

Pie chart of Employment by ICT sub-sector, for the year 2013 (Total: 530,957 workers) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 8
Employment by ICT Sub-sector, 2013
(Total: 530,957 Workers)
ICT Sub-sector Percentage of Total Employment
ICT Wholesaling 10.0%
ICT Manufacturing 6.9%
Communications Services 21.4%
Software & Computer Services 61.7%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

ICT industries are the largest performers of private sector R&D…

 

Figure 9: R&D Expenditures by ICT Industry, 2013
(Total: $5.0 Billion)

Pie chart of R&D Expenditures by ICT Industry, 2013 (Total: $5.0 Billion) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 9
R&D Expenditures by ICT Industry, 2013
(Total: $5.0 Billion)
ICT Industry Percentage
Wholesaling 10.0%
Communications Equipment Mfg 28.2%
Electronic Components Mfg 10.3%
Other ICT Mfg 1.7%
Communications Services 9.8%
Software & Computer Services 40.0%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

…and have a knowledge-intensive workforce…

 

Figure 10: Percentage of Workers with a University Degree
by Major ICT Industry, 2013

Bar chart of the percentage of workers with a university degree by major ICT industry for 2013 (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 10
Percentage of Workers with a University Degree by Major ICT Industry, 2013
Major ICT Industry Percentage
All Canadian Industries 27.4%
Communications Services 32.6%
Electronic Component Mfg 37.4%
Total ICT Sector 47.2%
Computer Equipment Mfg 48.5%
Software & Computer Services 53.9%
Communications Equipment Mfg 55.8%
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey (LFS)

…that earns above-average wages.

 

Figure 11: Average Annual Earnings by Major ICT Industry, 2013

Bar chart of average annual earnings by major ICT Industry, for 2013 (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 11
Average Annual Earnings by Major ICT Industry, 2013
Major ICT Industry Average Annual Earnings
All Canadian Industries $47,354
Electronic Component Mfg $51,933
Communications Services $58,519
Total ICT Sector $69,876
Communications Eqpt Mfg $74,436
Software & Computer Services $75,425
Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH)

ICT manufacturing industries are export-oriented

Figure 12: Exports of ICT Goods by Product Group, 2013
(Total: $10.2 Billion)

Pie chart of exports of ICT goods by product group, for 2013 (Total: $10.2 Billion) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 12
Exports of ICT Goods by Product Group, 2013
(Total: $10.2 Billion)
Product Group Percentage
Other ICT Goods 15.7%
Electronic Components 22.7%
Wireless Communications Eqpt 18.1%
Wired Communications Eqpt 18.2%
Computer Eqpt 25.3%
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

Figure 13: Exports of ICT Goods by Region, 2013
2013 Share of Total (2007 shares in brackets)

Pie chart of exports of ICT goods by region for 2013, 2013 share of total (2007 shares in brackets) (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 13
Exports of ICT Goods by Region, 2013
2013 Share of Total (2007 shares in brackets)
Region 2007 2013
Asia-Pacific 11.4% 10.9%
European Union 13.9% 10.6%
Other 7.6% 12.2%
United States 67.0% 66.4%
Source: Industry Canada, Trade Data Online

…while ICT services industries are more domestically oriented

 

Figure 14: Exports of ICT Goods and Services, 2007–2013
($Billions)

Line chart of exports of ICT goods and services, for the period 2007–2013 (the long description is located below the image)
Description of Figure 14
Exports of ICT Goods and Services, 2007–2013 ($Billions)
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Goods 16.7 15.4 12.8 11.2 11.1 10.6 10.2
Software and Computer Services 7.2 7.8 8.2 7.7 8.9 9.5 9.0
Telecommunications Services 1.8 2.1 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.2 2.0
Total 25.6 25.2 22.7 20.6 22.0 22.3 21.8
Source: Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Statistical Overview

Information and Communications Technologies SectorFootnote 1

ICT Manufacturing

  • Computer and Peripheral Equipment
  • Communications Equipment
  • Electronic Components
  • Audio and Video Equipment
  • Magnetic and Optical Media

ICT Wholesaling

Software and Computer Services

  • Software publishers
  • Computer systems design
  • Data processing
  • Electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance

Communications Services

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