Vancouver’s Tech Industry May Receive Boost From The Silicon Valley

Photo: TIA International Photography / 604 Now Flickr Pool

Photo: TIA International Photography / 604 Now Flickr Pool

President Donald Trump’s immigration ban targeting immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries is not sitting well.

It’s nothing new that millions of Americans, Canadians, and others around the world are up in arms over Trump’s controversial move.

The decision has led some entrepreneurs to flee Silicon Valley to pursue life in Vancouver.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear in his recent statement that Canada will continue to be an inclusive country and offer support for those who need it.

A group of co-founders has made it a whole lot easier for US companies to move their foreign-born employees to a brand new Vancouver-based office. They formed a company called True North that will offer the employees with a $6,000 package to cover airfare, two nights accommodation and experts to assist them with gaining a work and residency status in Canada.

They will be rolling out this plan soon—within a matter of a few short weeks.

The entrepreneurs decided it was best to find an alternative location where the worker’s could keep their jobs but also stay together rather than becoming scattered from one another.

Major U.S. tech companies are speaking out, as many of their employees have been affected by the ban. Google CEO Sundar Pichai touches on a Google employee born in Iran with a U.S. green card, who has now had her life turned upside down.

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Meagan Gill

Meagan is the Associate Editor at 604 Now. She studied Journalism at Mount Royal University. She is passionate about Vancouver and enjoys writing about the people, issues and events that shape our city. In her spare time, Meagan is interested in photography, loves to spend time outdoors, and volunteers for Big Sisters.