Canada Information Technology Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the information technology industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, Information Technology Risk Reward Index, Macroeconomic Forecast, Company Profiles and Regional and Country Industry Overviews.

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BMI View: Canada's position as an IT market at the technological frontier is reflected in the lucrative n ature of its market for vendors. However, as a result of maturity , growth prospects are diminished. We forecast IT spe nding in Canada will increase at a CAGR of 3.7 % throughout 2016-2020 , reaching a total market value of CAD 7 3.2 bn . There will be pockets of faster growth, for instance hybrid notebooks in the har dware segment. In the software and services segment, cloud computing, data analytics, cyber security and Internet of Things solut ions will exhibit growth .

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • Hardware Sales: CAD21.5bn in 2016, forecast to reach CAD23.6bn in 2020. High value but low-growth segment, with pockets of faster growth such as hybrid notebooks, but also downside if PC replacement spending is cannibalised as smartphones become more powerful.

  • Software Sales: CAD13.0bn in 2016, forecast to reach CAD15.2bn in 2020. Traditional applications face a potential squeeze from price erosion due to cloud delivered competition, but for the market as whole this drag should be offset by opportunities in data analytics and cyber security.

  • IT Services Sales: CAD28.7bn in 2016, forecast to reach CAD34.4bn in 2020. Services outperformance expected as Canadian enterprises scale up use of cloud computing and Internet of Things.

Sluggish Hardware Segment To Underperform Software & Services
IT Spending Forecast By Segment
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BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Latest Updates
Structural Trends
Table: Enterprise Trends - GVA By Vertical (Canada 2015-2020)
Table: IT Industry - Historical Data And Forecasts (Canada 2013-2020)
Industry Risk Reward Index
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Table: Americas IT Risk/Reward Index, Q4 2016
Market Overview
Cloud Computing
IT Services
Industry Trends And Developments
IT Hardware Trade
Table: North America IT Hardware Trade, 2010-2015
Table: Canada IT Hardware Trade, 2010-2015
Local Industry
Regulatory Development
Table: Regulatory Authorities
Competitive Landscape
Canada IT Companies
IT Vendors - Americas, 2015
Table: Computer Hardware
Table: Software
Table: Cloud
Table: IT Services
Table: Selected Electronics Retailers
Table: Selected E-Commerce Retailers/Online Marketplaces
Regional Overview
Orange: Looking For Scale As It Makes Moves Outside Telecoms
Table: Dashboard
Related Articles
Demographic Forecast
Demographic Outlook
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Canada 1990-2025)
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: IT Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Components

The Canada Information Technology Report features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts covering personal computers and software; semi-conductors, memory chips, integrated circuits and general components; the internet and IT solutions. It analyses analyses regulatory changes (licensing, customs and intellectual property protection) and competitive landscapes comparing IT companies by products, sales, market share, investments, projects and expansion strategies.

BMI's Canada Information Technology Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, IT associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the IT industry in Canada.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent IT Industry forecasts for Canada to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and strategic business planning in the Canadian IT market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Canada's IT sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes, and major deals, projects and investments in Canada.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering IT, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the IT sector and within the broader telecommunications, political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

  • IT Sector: Industry value (USDmn); IT sector contribution to GDP (%); value of hardware, software and services industry (USDmn); PC, peripherals and software imports and exports (USDmn); PC, peripherals and software sales (USDmn); number of PCs (‘000); PCs per 100 inhabitants; internet users (‘000); internet users per 100 inhabitants; broadband subscribers (‘000); broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
  • Economy: Economic growth (%); nominal GDP (USDbn); unemployment (%); interest rates (%); exchange rate (against USD).

Information Technology Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide technology manufacturers, service providers, and IT vendors/leasing agents looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Country Market Overview

Structure, size and value of the industry sectors including hardware, software and services; overview of the industry landscape and key players; assessment of the business operating environment and the latest regulatory developments and government authority.

BMI Macroeconomic Forecast

BMI forecasts for all headline macroeconomic indicators to end-2019 including real GDP growth, inflation, fiscal balance, trade balance, current account and external debt.

Competitive Landscape

Full analysis of the competitive landscape within the hardware, software and services sectors.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Regional Overview

Cross-border analysis of country markets in the region, commenting on IT penetration (PC and internet) and market growth drivers (IT market size and IT market compound growth).


The information Technology Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.