05/20/2019 20:58 EDT | Updated 05/20/2019 21:01 EDT

Justin Trudeau Credits Immigration For Canada's High-Tech Success

Immigration and federal investment have allowed startups to flourish, the prime minister told a conference in Toronto.

Chris Young . The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pictured on a screen as members of the audience take photos of his armchair discussion at the Collision and Web Summit in Toronto, Mon. May 20.

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says immigration is a significant reason why Canada’s technology sector has been thriving.

The prime minister was the first keynote speaker at a technology conference in Toronto.

This is the first time the event, called Collision, is being held in Canada and organizers are calling it North America’s fastest growing technology conference.

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Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world and that it’s attracting entrepreneurs to start their business in the country.

He says immigration as well as the federal government investing in education and research has boosted the economy and allowed Canadian companies and startups to flourish.

Trudeau also spoke about the federal government’s recent announcement to create a digital charter that would combat hate speech, misinformation and election interference, saying the framework would focus on Canada working collaboratively with tech companies.