Underemployment challenges persist for immigrants

Despite progress, issues remain with pay gap, integration: Report
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/21/2018
From left: Allison Pond, Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, moderator Nil Köksal of CBC News, Kristine Remedios, and Emiliano Mendez take part in a panel discussion in November on the challenges facing immigrant workers. Photo courtesy of TRIEC

While Canadian newcomers’ ability to find skills-commensurate employment is improving, troubles including underemployment, lower wages and weaker integration persist, according to a new report.

Newcomers with a Canadian degree continue to fare better than those without, said Denise McLean, an eCaliber Group consultant in Hamilton, Ont., who co-authored the report for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

“Sixty per cent of newcomer males work in jobs below their level of education,” she said. “That’s an example of underemployment, where those skills are not really being leveraged within the workforce.”