Media release

Ready to hire remote workers abroad? Communitech Outposts now available in 160+ countries

Employer-of-record service helps Canadian companies tap into proximity-optional workforce

KITCHENER, ONT., November 17, 2020 — Communitech Outposts, an employer-of-record service for small and medium-sized businesses across Canada, is now able to tap into talent in more than 160 countries.

Communitech Outposts was first introduced in 2019 to help Canadian companies hire sales employees and foster revenue growth in international markets. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend to remote work, prompting companies to consider hiring a broader range of talent – not just sales people – outside Canada.

“COVID-19 has brought the future of work into the present, prompting many companies to take a proximity-optional approach to hiring for the foreseeable future,” said Iain Klugman, CEO at Communitech. “Communitech Outposts offers an unprecedented level of support for Canadian companies looking to employ remote talent internationally or conduct business virtually, across borders.”

For companies working on their own, the amount of work and risk associated with setting up an international entity to hire talent can be prohibitive. Communitech Outposts removes those obstacles by managing all aspects of employing people in foreign jurisdictions – such as payroll, benefits and statutory filings – enabling companies to access previously out-of-reach talent and enter new markets more quickly, with minimal regulatory risk.

Communitech Outposts grew out of an idea from Dave Caputo, Chair of Communitech’s Board of Directors. Through his previous leadership of Waterloo-based company PixStream, Caputo experienced the headaches that come with international employment. PixStream was able to quickly expand internationally with help from a major investor, who had offices around the world to handle hiring for them. Other companies that Dave worked with did not have such access and had to handle international hiring on their own, resulting in long delays and complications.

“Having a trusted partner who can handle the back-office headaches of international personnel is a huge time and cost saver,” Caputo said. “Communitech Outposts – which can get boots on the ground in weeks – saves companies at least nine months in set-up time while lowering the risks associated with managing employment in foreign countries.” 

Communitech has worked with a number of its customers through the Outposts program including Aterlo Networks, an innovative networking products and solutions company. 

"We’re a Canadian company, but we have a lot of customers in the United States. Through the Communitech Outposts program, we were able to execute on a strategic US-based hire at a pivotal moment for our business. When we found out the program was run by Communitech, we knew we were in the right hands,” said Gerrit Nagelhout, CEO at Aterlo Networks. “The expertise of the Communitech Outposts team has been tremendously valuable in helping us navigate the costs of health benefits, taxes, regulatory filings and more. In a proximity-optional world, Communitech Outposts is highly recommended for companies looking to hire and expand internationally.”

Through partnerships with business development organizations across the country, such as the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada, Communitech Outposts is a one-stop-shop for international expansion that gives customers preferred access to incentive grant and loan programs to facilitate global growth. With this expansion, Outposts is now operational in key international markets such as the U.S., U.K., Germany, India, Netherlands, Ireland, France, Australia, China and many more.

For more information on Communitech Outposts, Canadian companies can visit: https://www.communitech.ca/outposts/

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Candace Beres
Manager, Public Relations, Communitech
(519) 888-9944 Ext. 1027
candace.beres@communitech.ca

About Communitech

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1,400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players.

Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.

  • Communitech is a place – the centre of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.
  • Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
  • Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to help companies go from a small startup to a global giant.