Canada

From Canada to everywhere

The incredible talent of Canadians creating world-changing technology is driving the future of the Canadian economy.

Three Shopify employees on their laptops sitting in a space with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Toronto skyline behind them.

More than 3,100 of Shopify’s employees are based in Canada, with offices spanning four cities.

More than 3,100 of Shopify’s employees are based in Canada, with offices spanning four cities.

Rethinking R&D

Changing an industry requires one major breakthrough. Changing the world requires many, driven by research and development. Our R&D spending increased over 79% in 2018 alone—the fastest among our peers, who trailed behind at 75%, 42%, and 30%.

Driving innovation forward

From 2015 to 2018, our R&D investments grew fivefold—representing nearly 9% of spend across our entire sector—and influenced new, locally owned technologies that will prepare our home country for an innovative future.

Proudly made in Canada

Canada’s economic prosperity relies on building sophisticated products and delivering more advanced services. We’re doing precisely that with our purpose-driven approach, and our hiring pace surpasses our industry peers in every Canadian city where we operate: Ottawa, Waterloo, Montreal, and Toronto.

A bar graph showing the investment growth from 5.6% in 2015 to 8.9% in 2018.

From coast to coast to coast

Canadian entrepreneurs are striking out on their own to build new businesses. Many live in the country’s less populated regions, and they collectively earned over $3 billion from 2016 to 2018. That’s greater than the $2.3 billion in sales made by our entrepreneurs in Canada’s six biggest cities—and proof anyone, anywhere, can create impact.