Invest in Canada | Increasing Education and Employment through Foreign Direct Investment

Investors from around the world are directly contributing to Canada’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ecosystem by investing in education, training the workforce and creating new opportunities for graduates. Here are six examples.

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Ubisoft: investing in local talent

This French video game giant has eight offices in Canada, including five in Quebec. The company collaborates with universities through mentoring and internship offerings, as well as partnerships with researchers. Through its subsidiaries Ubisoft Education and Ubisoft Entrepreneurs, it also introduces students to science and supports young entrepreneurs in their own virtual creations.

The video game development ecosystem in Canada represents 55,000 direct and indirect jobs. We must continue to support our talents because other countries are very jealous of us.

Francis Baie, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft

Elkem: building a greener future

Canada-based global companies are creating STEM jobs beyond major urban centers. In Sagen, Norwegian manufacturer Elkem has invested $26 million to build a pilot plant. Today, it employs several STEM specialists who are involved in the production of biocarbon briquettes, a renewable fuel created from forest waste and intended to replace metallurgical coal.

I have very rarely seen scientific and research positions in Shikutimi. These investments are necessary for my career. This is what shaped my position and allows me to realize myself as a researcher.

Fran├žois Simard, Researcher at Elkem Metal Canada

Nova Bus: paving the way for electric buses

This division of the Swedish Volvo Group has been manufacturing city buses in Saint Eustache for over 27 years. The presence of this world leader in transport electrification helps to attract students to future STEM-related programs that they may not have originally thought of.

When students see that electric buses are being developed and manufactured here in Quebec, and that there are great opportunities ahead of them, it will surely attract them to the booming sector.

Emmanuel Toussaint, Vice President Legal & Public Affairs, Nova Bus

Toyota: partner of the University of Waterloo

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This Japanese automaker has invested $1.4 million through a partnership with the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Students and graduates are hired there to participate in the research and development of future technologies such as autonomous and hydrogen vehicles. Toyota is also promoting STEM careers in disadvantaged schools and indigenous communities.

Large-scale investments like Toyota’s are anchoring local and regional economies.

Ross McKenzie, CEO of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Waterloo

Raven: Feeding the World with Agricultural Science

When American agricultural manufacturer Raven Industries acquired a small specialty company founded by an engineer from Saskatchewan, it opened its Canadian headquarters in Regina, thereby helping to create quality local STEM jobs.

About 50% of our workforce is made up of STEM employees. Canada produces an unusually high number of graduates in these fields. This makes it an ideal place to attract and retain talent, and thanks to the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the workforce, we see many other innovative companies establishing themselves in the country.

Marco Coppola, Business Development Manager Raven Industries

Siemens: accelerating the technological shift

Founded in Canada for 110 years, Germany-based Siemens is helping local businesses prepare for a challenging future marked by the convergence and digitization of a wide variety of technologies.

STEM talent is key to driving innovation and helping to solve the challenges facing humanity, including combating climate change, cybersecurity, and industry 4.0.

Faisal Qazi, President and CEO of Siemens Canada

Invest in Canada: Creating Jobs Across the Country

By representing the country as the preferred destination for foreign investors, Invest in Canada fuels a vast STEM ecosystem. When global companies enter the country, they hire people, create a demand for skilled labor, work with universities to align training with market needs, accelerate the development of future technologies, and solidify Canada’s reputation as a country rich in ideas and creativity.