Microsoft Canada and our corporate head office will be opening a software development centre in Greater Vancouver, BC. The Microsoft Canada Development Centre will open in the Fall of 2007 and will be home to software developers from around the world.
This fantastic news was announced earlier today. I think this is such a great move for the company and for the Vancouver Hi-Tech industry. Vancouver has always been branded as one of the best places to live on earth. The living environment will definitely attract a lot of IT workers. At the same time, Vancouver is very multicultural, a true global gateway. Thus, the development center will attract international talents as well. International students can also leverage the BC Provincial Nominee program to become Canadian Permanent Resident and work and live in Canada for long term. EA, IBM, and Nokia (see David's list for more) all have development or R&D centers in Greater Vancouver area already. I'm happy to see MCDC is one of the handful development centers outside of the States.