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Recent data Illustrates that 24% Canadian Workers are Immigrants

December 2017, 01
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Recent Census data has revealed an insight into the immigration and labor issues.

statistics from 2016 census of Canada show that Immigrants have expanded in the Canadian workforce in the past ten years and above 50 percent of them have a  degree of bachelor’s or higher. Immigrants formed 23.8 percent of Canadian workers in the year 2016, which is an increase from 21.2 percent in 2006. Canada had commenced a major change through the Express Entry system in 2015 in the immigration system. The aim was to tackle the shortages in skilled labor.

An immigrant is defined as a person who is, or has been, a landed immigrant or a permanent resident.

Workforce regionally

In 2016, immigrants represented 50% of all workers in the Toronto, metropolitan region, and 43.2 percent in Vancouver. They were 32.5 percent in Calgary.

The main goal of Express Entry system was to offset the decrease in the labor pool, caused by the aging population in Canada. 

The system Classifies Economic Immigrants into three categories:

  • Federal Skilled Workers Class,
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Many Canadian provinces manage Provincial Nominee Programs which are aligned with the Express Entry to tackle their labor requirements.

From January 2015, until November 2017, 145,368 invitations for Canadian permanent residence were issued, through the Express Entry programs. There is a plan to invite almost one million new permanent residents in the next three years and there is a target to welcome 250,000 of the fresh candidates through the system of Express Entry.

To enter this pool, concerned candidates must initially establish their qualifications for an Express Entry program. Candidates are measured on the skills possessed, work experience gained, proficiency in languages, education received, and other details.

Job trends show that Social Assistance Industry and Health Care of Canada engaged most Canadians during 2016 and 12.1 percent of all Canadian workers worked in it.  This was followed by the retail segment.

There was a strong growth in the group involving computer and information systems professionals, who represent 2.1 percent of the employed in Canada.

Technical hubs employing computer and information system professionals in the Ottawa-Gatineau region had 4.9 percent jobs of the overall employment. Toronto had 3.7 percent of total employment jobs in this segment.

Higher education marked the immigrants to Canada and based on the census data more than 50 percent of them had a bachelor’s or a higher degree.

Education is an important qualification for Ranking under the Express Entry System and international students who are pursuing studies in Canada have benefitted from new programs that make integration into the Canadian labor market easier after completion of their studies. This also leads to gaining PR Status.

2016 census data has revealed that 40% immigrants of age between 25 and 64 had a bachelor’s or higher degree, which compares well to the 25 percent of people born in Canada. Among the new immigrants arriving in the 2011-2016 period, women had a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to men.

Immigrants were holding a master’s degree or Ph.D. in larger numbers compared to the Canadian-born.

The segment of studies showed that 81.4 percent of Canadians aged 24 to 64 had a degree in Justice, Education, Health or Communications. Only 18 percent had a degree in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology segments.

The result of the census implies that the immigration system, as well as the Express Entry system, has been immensely successful to draw skilled and educated immigrants to build a professional and good life in Canada.

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