New immigrants struggle to find work: StatsCan

Some point finger for problem at employers’ fear of the unknown
By Lesley Young
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2008

Good things may come to those who wait, but it would seem new immigrants have to wait a whole lot longer than the Canadian-born population when it comes to finding a job.

The national unemployment rate for immigrants who have been in Canada less than five years from 2001 to 2006 (11.5 per cent) is more than double the Canadian-born rate (4.9 per cent), according to Statistics Canada. And while the survey shows the situation improves for immigrants who have been in the country between five and 10 years, their unemployment rate (7.3 per cent) in 2006 was still higher than Canadian-born workers.

Danielle Zietsma, an economist for Statistics Canada in Ottawa, said the findings suggest immigrants need a “period of adjustment” to find residence, adapt to the local culture and overcome barriers such as language differences.