FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
 
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LIVES AND BUSINESSES THRIVE IN TECH-FRIENDLY CANADA
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Think back to the age of dial-up internet (if you're old enough to do so!). Not only did dial-up internet make the most irritating sound in the world but it also took out your phone line and left you sitting there wondering how many ages would pass before a web page would load. It also didn't actually look like it was about to transform the world any time soon. 

However, fast forward 20 years or so to today and the world has, indeed, changed. Businesses have been able to make a leap from the world of letter writing and painfully slow progress with delays in communication, to one where we can interact with other individuals and companies at the mere touch of a button, far beyond our Canadian borders.

A LOTTERY FOR SOME BUT NOT OTHERS

Businesses of all kinds have adapted to this change in all sorts of radical ways. Perhaps the most incredible case study can be seen in the gaming industry. Solo games are still very popular in 2017 (albeit more often than not played on mobile devices, another radical change) but online play has taken the crown of computer gaming for itself.

7324074422_e95856b376_o.pngFor example, the internet-based iGaming industry has helped betting move from the world of high street shops and real life casinos to a world where even lotteries can be played on mobile phones, without a pen and form in hand, thanks to new mobile gaming apps from international brands like Lottoland. The latter company lets gamers play lotteries from around the world, including the EuroMillions and US MegaMillions.

This kind of transformation has gone hand in hand with job market evolution in Canada, with industries relying more and more on an understanding of new technologies, and it has been important for countries across the world to have kept up to date in order to ensure that they can profit from the tech revolution. 

TORONTO AND VANCOUVER LIGHT THE WAY

For anyone who considers themselves to be a Canuck, the improvements in technology have been a blessing, especially if living in Toronto or Vancouver, cities that have found their way into the Top 30 Cities to employ people (percentage wise) in the technology sector. 

16401042294_2dc07a8110_z.jpgWhilst not being as tech-centric as places like San Francisco in the U.S. is probably a good idea, with reliance on one industry always risky, the challenge is to make sure that the jobs market in Canada can still keep pace with improvements in technology, something that is easier said than done.

Perhaps the biggest challenge in this respect is knowing how to educate children in cities like Toronto, given the risk that the technology they may be using by the time they have left kindergarten might be obsolete when they apply them to their working lives. 

Achieving the above requires a smart focus on not only making sure that Canada promotes a skills-led approach with transferable knowledge at the heart of learning but also to stop the 'brain drain' of the country's best and brightest to the USA, something that is already a big conversation despite the opportunities that lie within major Canadian cities like Toronto.

Whatever way technology changes and the challenge this provides, the reality is that having come out of the initial upheaval into a world of broadband, smartphones and tablets, the country is doing a lot better than many of its major rivals in the battle to earn a buck or two from the latest technological improvements. 

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