10 Canadian software companies to watch in 2021

Thanks to its wide pool of technology talent, access to venture capital, and government backing, Canada is an attractive place to found a software startup. The software sector in the country is also growing healthily, consistently outperforming other ICT industry metrics and the overall national economy.

Top software companies Canada

Here, we showcase the young Candian software companies that have received the top ratings from our users, across a range of categories including employee recognition, telemedicine, and safety management. Our full selection criteria were based on the following:

  • Software created in Canada
  • Headquartered in Canada
  • Created in 2010 or later
  • Having received a minimum of 30 user reviews on Capterra
  • Having obtained a minimum overall rating of 4 out of 5 on Capterra

Applications are listed in alphabetical order:

  1. 7Shifts
  2. ClinicSense
  3. Guusto
  4. HiMama
  5. Jane
  6. Monclubsportif
  7. OnCall
  8. Plooto
  9. Showpass
  10. SiteDocs

Software companies to watch in Canada

1. 7shifts

Headquarters: Toronto, ON
Software Category: Time clock software
Founded: 2014
Founder: Jordan Boesch

7Shifts scheduling tool

What is 7shifts?

7shifts was founded by Jordan Boesch in 2014, in Saksatoon, Saskatchewan. Jordan noticed the difficulties his boss (and dad) was having in managing restaurant employees across two locations, so he began to create software that could help schedule shifts.

Today, 7shifts assists with schedule automation, task management, attendance and payroll tracking, cross-team communication, compliance management, and performance monitoring. It also integrates with other restaurant systems like point of sale (POS) and payroll solutions, enabling managers and owners to further automate processes.

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2. ClinicSense

Headquarters: Toronto, ON
Software Category: Massage therapy software
Founded: 2013
Founder: Daniel Ruscigno and Michael Vesia

ClinicSense calendar management

What is ClinicSense?

ClinicSense helps independent massage therapists manage their business digitally. The software includes a range of features that allow therapists to streamline administration including digital treatment notes, COVID-19 pre-screening, customizable consultation forms, and invoicing and payment tools – including integration with third-party apps such as Square and Stripe.

The app aims to reduce costly no-shows with appointment reminders and online booking facilities that can require clients to give credit card details when they book. Dashboards and reports help therapists maintain an overview of their entire business in real time.

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3. Guusto

Headquarters: Vancouver, BC
Software Category: Employee recognition software
Founded: 2013
Founders: Joe Facciolo and Skai Dalziel

Guusto activity dashboard

What is Guusto?

Childhood friends Joe and Skai founded Guusto in 2013 while working on a restaurant startup in Whistler, BC. Initially, the app enabled people to send drinks to friends or clients at a restaurant when they couldn’t be there in person. Eventually, the founders saw that HR professionals were using Guusto to send gifts to employees, and they reimagined the app as a fully-featured employee recognition platform.

With Guusto, companies can reward employees and customers to celebrate work achievements, life milestones, positive feedback, excellent performance, and more, and employees can redeem the gifts at more than 60,000 locations. 

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4. HiMama

Headquarters: Toronto, ON
Software Category: Daycare software
Founded: 2012
Founders: Ron Spreeuwenberg and Alana Frome

HiMama activity planner

What is HiMama?

HiMama is an app that helps childcare providers streamline operations and digitize many day-to-day tasks. The software lets teachers and daycare staff communicate with parents, check-in children securely and in a contactless manner, handle billing, and manage classrooms.

Teachers can save time on paperwork by filling out digital observation forms and completing digital daily sheets that they can share with parents or other members of staff. They can also use the app to plan lessons and activities and share videos and photos with parents.

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5. Jane

Headquarters: North Vancouver, BC
Software Category: Mental health software
Founded: 2014
Founder: Alison Taylor and Trevor Johnston

Jane exercise assignment

What is Jane?

Jane is a healthcare practice management platform that helps diverse practitioners streamline many of the tasks required to run a medical clinic.

The software was founded by Alison Taylor, a clinic manager, and Trevor Johnson, a marketing professional. Exasperated at the lack of suitable online booking systems, the pair collaborated to build one, which eventually became Jane in 2014.

Today, the app also offers additional features including electronic scheduling, billing, and charting, as well as online appointments. Pricing starts at CA$74 per month and is available in a range of plans according to clinic size and features required.

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6. MonClubSportif

Headquarters: Quebec City, QC
Software Category: Sports league software
Founded: 2014
Founders: Karl Demers and Dominic Bégin

MonClubSportif game calendar

What is MonClubSportif?

MonClubSportif helps coaches, managers, and players organize their sports team. The app was created in 2014 by Karl Demers and Dominic Bégin – executives from a web agency in Quebec City. 

Coaches can consolidate all player information into one space, manage player availability, and message teams about games or practice. Players can see all events in a calendar view, inform coaches of their availability, discuss tactics and games, and share pictures. The app also sends automatic reminders about events and collates player information and statistics. 

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7. OnCall

Headquarters: Toronto, ON
Software Category: Telemedicine software
Founded: 2016
Founder: Nicholas Chepesiuk

OnCall Health patient records

What is OnCall?

OnCall helps clinics and healthcare brands offer virtual care to patients. The company was founded in 2016 for a psychology clinic that wanted to provide online consultations. Today, it offers solutions for small clinics, as well as large healthcare companies, with a range of features and automation options.

The OnCall Health solution is built for healthcare organizations, startups, and clinics and enables users to launch and grow their own virtual care program. The PIPEDA and HIPAA-compliant solution offers a customizable interface and powers the entire virtual care experience with digital booking and intake, one-to-one and group videoconferencing, patient management, and analytics features. 

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8. Plooto

Headquarters: Toronto, ON
Software Category: Accounts payable software
Founded: 2014
Founders: Hamed Abbasi and Serguei Kloubkov

Plooto accounts payables

What is Plooto?

Plooto was founded with the aim of helping small businesses manage and streamline payments. The platform lets users approve invoices, pay suppliers, receive electronic payments, pay government remittances, and more.

Plooto integrates with customers’ banks, as well as common accounting tools like Xero and Quickbooks, so accountants, finance teams, and small business owners can automate workflows. The app costs CA$25 per month, which includes 10 domestic transactions. Further transactions incur a fee thereafter.

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9. Showpass

Headquarters: Calgary, AB
Software Category: Ticketing software
Founded: 2014
Founder: Lucas McCarthy

Showpass seat reservations

What is Showpass?

Showpass is a ticket and event management platform founded in 2014. Organizers and promoters can use the app to set up events and sell tickets via a range of online and offline outlets through Showpass’s integrations with platforms including Facebook, WordPress, and Squarespace.

Showpass also offers features for managing merchandising, add-ons, early check-in, event marketing, seat assignment, and ticket packaging. The solution scales to accommodate all event sizes from small, in-person workshops to large music festivals. Showpass pricing is based on a per-ticket model, but solutions for free events and customized packages for large events are also available.

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10. SiteDocs

Headquarters: Vancouver, BC
Software Category: Safety management software
Founded: 2012
CEO: Kent Bergstrom

SitDocs document reports

What is SiteDocs?

SiteDocs helps companies manage safety processes and maintain compliance. Designed for industries such as construction, engineering, oil and gas, and mining, SiteDocs reduces the need for paper forms and provides the tools for creating, storing, and auditing safety documentation. 

On-site workers can fill out forms using the mobile app and employees in offices can manage and monitor that information centrally in real time. In areas with poor cell coverage, workers can utilize the offline mode and sync data when they get back online. Users can also create custom forms, add images and annotations, capture digital signatures and GPS stamps, track certifications, and create reports on any data point.

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Methodology

  • Software created in Canada
  • Headquartered in Canada
  • Created in 2010 or later
  • Having received a minimum of 30 user reviews on Capterra
  • Having obtained a minimum overall rating of 4 out of 5 on Capterra