This IDC Survey reviews the public sector 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. Canadian organizations use a combination of methods to fill the gap. IDC most recently estimated the number of contractors at 54,000 people and cost Canadian organizations close to C$1 billion. With an IT unemployment rate of approximately 2%, low university IT graduation rates, and immigration, Canada will be stretched over two decades to meet the IT labour demands on its own and will increasingly need to leverage external resources in the public sector.