An ICTC Study
Digital Economy Talent Supply
Indigenous Peoples of Canada
Published by ICTC, June 2017
Indigenous people living in Canada comprise a core, but underrepresented, part of the digital economy. In 2016, more than 10,300 (1.2%) Indigenous peoples were employed in ICT jobs in Canada’s digital economy. The unemployment rate for Indigenous ICT professionals in 2016 was approximately 2.8%, a figure that is slightly higher than the overall ICT unemployment rate of 2.6%, but markedly lower than the unemployment rate for Indigenous peoples in the overall economy (12.3%). Showing positive growth since the 2008 global recession, the proportion of Indigenous peoples employed in the digital economy has increased steadily each year.
Indigenous ICT professionals are a diverse and educated group:
- 47% of Indigenous ICT professionals identify as First Nations, 47% are Métis, 2% are Inuit, 2% are from another Indigenous background, and 0.45% identify as more than one of these groups.
- Indigenous ICT professionals are younger than the non-Indigenous ICT workforce: 8.2% of the Indigenous ICT workforce is between 15 to 24 years of age and 29.3% is between 25 to 34 years of age.
- Women represent about 27% of the Indigenous ICT workforce.
- About one-third of the Indigenous ICT workforce has a university degree, and 36.9% possess a college or CEGEP diploma.
The report explores a variety of research and policy recommendations designed to promote Indigenous ICT talent participation in Canada.
Researched and written by Alexandra Cutean (Senior Director, Research & Policy) with generous support from the ICTC Research & Policy team.