The Majority Of Non-Permanent Residents Know An Official Canadian Language

Canada sources for NPRs from a wide variety of countries which has led to linguistic wealth and diversity in the country. However, 95% of the non-permanent residents know an official Canadian language.

Basically, all NPRs with a study permit and a work and study permit know English or French. The majority of asylum seekers in Canada also know an official Canadian language.

In Quebec, about a third of non-permanent residents knew French. Outside of Quebec, only about five percent knew French.

Non-Permanent Residents Participating In The Labor Force

Canada has been relying on NRPs to stimulate the economy and fill job openings because the country has an aging population and declining fertility rates which has led to labor shortages.

As of 2021, the participation of the NPRs in the labor force was about 74%, while for the rest of Canadians, the rate was 63%.

Sales and service occupations were the most popular jobs of all NPRs aged 15 years and older, with more than one-third of non-permanent residents working in the industry. For comparison, only a quarter of the rest of Canada’s population worked in sales and service jobs.

The occupation profiles of asylum claimants in the country were more varied. They worked

In various trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations, manufacturing and utilities occupations, and health occupations.

NPRs’ Skills Are Being Underutilized

NPRs have greater educational levels than the remaining Canadian population. However, compared to the latter, the former was more frequently employed in professions that did not call for a formal degree.

As of 2021, a third of temporary residents with a higher education degree were overqualified for their current job. Moreover, there was little difference in the over-qualification of NPRs regardless of whether the higher education degree was earned in Canada or abroad.

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