Apprenticeships could close immigrant wage gap in Canada

February 16, 2011

A soon-to-be-published study has figured out one method of closing the income gap between immigrants and Canadians: encourage apprenticeships. According to the paper, first-generation male immigrants who have completed an apprenticeship earn, on average, almost 20% more per week than those immigrants with just a high school education. Among second-generation males, those who have done an apprenticeship typically earn over 15% more per week than their peers with just a high school education. Apprenticeships are not yet common among newcomers. The researchers suggest the drop in the supply of immigrants who have apprenticeships might be due to the shift in the composition of immigrants arriving in Canada. The researchers say governments should do more to encourage apprenticeships, or select immigrants who have had vocational training. Globe and Mail