Immigrants poorer than Canadian-born citizens: study

Disparity between new immigrants and those born in Canada has grown in past decade
||Last Updated: 02/12/2007

New immigrants are still poorer than those born in Canada, despite the fact immigrants have much higher levels of education than the skilled immigrants from a decade ago, according to a new Statistics Canada report.

The report examines the economic welfare of immigrant families, not just individuals. In 2002, low-income rates among immigrants during their first full year in Canada were 3.5 times higher than those of Canadian-born people. By 2004, they had edged down to 3.2 times higher.

These rates were higher than at any time during the 1990s, when they were around three times higher than rates for Canadian-born people.