Employment gap widens for immigrants

Population growth outpaces job gains
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/27/2008

The employment gap between working-age immigrants and their Canadian-born counterparts continued to widen in 2007, according to Statistics Canada.

The employment rate among immigrants between the ages of 25 to 54 edge up 0.2 percentage points to 77.9 per cent, while the employment rate among their Canadian-born counterparts increased by 0.7 percentage points to reach 83.8 per cent.

In 2007, the employment rate rose faster for the Canadian born, as their employment growth (1.3 per cent) greatly outpaced their population growth, while immigrant employment increases (2.1 per cent) did not match their population gains. The end result was that the employment rate gap between immigrants and the Canadian born widened from 5.4 percentage points in 2006 to 5.9 percentage points in 2007.