Recent immigrants have benefitted from this climb in employment as well. But this means something entirely different. It’s not that they are becoming more and more employed in Canada. It has more to do with the fact that immigration numbers themselves are dropping due to recent travel restrictions. But based on the current number of immigrants living in Canada, their employment rates are rising. In fact, they rose by about 1 percent from June to July.
Previously, employment rates for immigrants living in Canada five years or greater were down a fraction in that same month compared to the number of immigrants who were there for a much shorter time. And in pre-pandemic times, they were very high. In fact, as recent as 2016 the number of immigrants in the labour force was at 612,000, which rose to 751,000 three years later. It stopped temporarily in early 2020 when the lockdowns began and travel restrictions were strictly enforced.
Now that the number of immigrants participating in the Canadian labour force went right back to its old levels. Once the travel restrictions lifted back in June of this year, everything could only get better. In fact, it is predicted that the economy will only get better as life in Canada resumes after quarantine restriction are finally lifted.
I migration is seen as a solution to Canada’s demographic concerns as they relate to the current issues within the indigenous population. The aging population, coupled with the nation’s low birth rate, may only serve to decrease rather than increase Canada’s own employment concerns. Yet with immigration, Canada can become an independent nation with a strong presence in todays world.
At this point, the Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey will continue to monitor and study the current economic trends which seem to only be spiraling upwards.