Justin Trudeau, the prime minister, often underlines that in multicultural Canada, diversity is welcomed.
Publicly funded health care sometimes gets a mention. "All of this is designed to pivot Canada away from the nativist policies of Trump,"
says Ravi Jain, a Toronto immigration lawyer who has many tech clients.
Such tactics seem to be working, especially with Indians, a mighty force in Silicon Valley, where they form the largest group of immigrant tech workers.
Indians from America and elsewhere snapped up almost half of the new temporary visas (processing time: two weeks)
that Canada began issuing in June 2017 at the behest of the tech industry.
The number of Indian nationals taking the slightly longer route to permanent residency surged between 2016 and 2017—
up by 83% for those who entered under a federal skills programme, up by 122% for those selected by provinces to fill specific vacancies,
and up by a whopping 538% for those who entered based on work experience.
"I can clearly see the reason why people are shifting to us," says Allen Lau, the chief executive of Wattpad. "The US is becoming less friendly."
Still, the government knows it cannot be complacent, says Ahmed Hussen, minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
It has set up research chairs at universities, overhauled support programmes
and in its most recent budget earmarked C$2.5bn over five years in direct industry funding for innovation.
It is one thing for Canada to attract disaffected immigrant tech workers from Silicon Valley.
Now Maple Valley, as some call it, must make it worth their while to stay.