Immigrant employment and income gaps persisting in Canada, report finds

December 19, 2011

Despite higher education levels, Canadian immigrants face higher unemployment rates and lower incomes than domestic-born workers, according to a new report from RBC Economics. The report estimates that the potential increased incomes for immigrants if observable skills were rewarded similarly to domestic-born workers is $30.7 billion, or 2.1% of GDP in 2006. The findings suggest that gaps may result from both genuine skill differences between immigrants and Canadian-born workers and labour market inefficiencies that hinder immigrants from making full use of their skills. The report says there could be room to improve immigrant outcomes through more extensive language training and faster credential recognition. RBC News Release | Read the report