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Hq Candidates: Toronto and Canadian City

hq candidates: MaRS says the majority of companies surveyed cited immigration reform, including the federal government's new global skills strategy that can expedite visas, as a key factor influencing their competitiveness, according to Toronto Star. Read more Opinion Amazon's interest in Toronto region the start of big things to come Article Continued Below Toronto tech boom poised to bring good and bad Toronto the only Canadian city on Amazon short list of HQ2 candidates The survey says 35 per cent of respondents hired used the expedited visas, which were introduced in mid-2016. react-empty 138 Companies said they made hires predominantly from the United States as well as from India, China, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. The survey by the MaRS Discovery District found that of the 55 companies that responded, 53 per cent saw more international applicants in 2017 over 2016 and 45 per cent of companies made international hires last year. MaRS questioned technology firms based primarily in the Toronto region that have over 1 million in annual revenue with U.S. and international market exposure. Technology companies in the U.S. have criticized the crackdown as international job seekers are a key source of talent for the sector, with immigrants making up about a quarter of the U.S. technology and science workforce. The boost in international applications come as the Trump administration has looked to curb immigration, including ordering a review of a specialty visa program that the tech sector relies on, and looking to dismantle a program that protects children of undocumented migrants from deportation. ( As reported in the news.