This IDC Presentation reviews the findings from our research on the Canadian IT skills gap. IDC defines the skills gap as getting the right resource at the right time and at the right price. IDC estimates the IT skills gap at 54,000 people and cost Canadian organizations close to C$1 billion in 2014. The skills gap at C$1 billion or less than 2% of the total spent on IT hardware, software, and services is a relatively small figure in abstract terms, but a billion dollar is a lot of money to most business people. What might be more concerning is the expected increase in the next two years of 15% in the size of the skills gaps. With an IT unemployment rate of approximately 2%, Canada will be stretched over two decades to meet the IT labour demands on its own and will increasingly need to leverage external resources.