A recent report shows that the new immigrants in Canada are much younger, more educated, and performs better as compared to Canadian resident workers. The labour market has been welcoming immigrant workers since time immemorial.
This report is based on research carried out between 2006 and 2019. The experts arrived at this conclusion after comparing the employment rate, participation rate, hourly wages, as well as the unemployment rate.
According to the results, immigrants scored much higher in participation and employment rate. This comparison was done among three main groups; Canadian-born citizens, recent immigrants who’ve been working in Canada for the past five to ten years, and vert recent immigrants who’ve been working in Canada for less than five years.
An important point to note is that, even though immigrants were performing better than the Canadian-born workers, there was still a significant wage gap, and more of them were still unemployed.
Though immigrants had a higher participation rate and employment rate, there was still a wage gap and a considerable unemployment rates.
In 2019, it was noted that immigrant participation rate was higher than that of Canadian-born citizens by 4.5% for very recent immigrant and 1-% for recent immigrant workers. When we look at the employment rate, the percentages were 1.5% and 8.7% for very recent immigrants and recent immigrants respectively.
Even though throughout the 13-year period, the unemployment rate among immigrant workers decreased, it was still higher than in the case for Canadian-born workers. In 2019, the unemployment rate was higher by 4% and 1% for very recent and recent immigrant workers respectively.
Very recent immigrant workers earned between $2.87 and $4.32 per hour less than Canadian-born workers; even after adjustments were made.