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Nearly 25% of Canadian workers are immigrants, new data shows

November 30, 2017

By Canadian Immigration Newsletter | Immigrants have made important gains in Canada’s workforce over the last 10 years and more than 50 per cent have a bachelor’s degree or higher, new statistics from Canada’s 2016 census show. Released Nov. 29, the figures show that immigrants accounted for 23.8 per cent of Canadian workers in 2016, up from 21.2 per cent in 2006. During that same period, Canada introduced major changes...

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Education rates, commute times and time at work all growing, census shows

November 29, 2017

By Vancouver Sun | Canadians are putting in more effort in the classroom, additional time on the job and extra teeth-gnashing minutes on the road getting to and from work, Statistics Canada says in the latest — and last — batch of numbers from the 2016 census. The data released Wednesday show more than half of Canada’s core working population — those aged 25 to 64 — have earned degrees...

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Alberta’s workforce reshaped by migration, aging employees

November 29, 2017

By Metro News | Immigrants and seniors are transforming Alberta’s workforce, mainly due to higher life expectancy and interprovincial migration to Alberta. According to recent data released by Statistics Canada, 28 per cent of Albertans 65 and over are working, compared to 20 per cent nationwide. Furthermore, more than one in four Edmonton workers is an immigrant, with the city recording a 26.2 per cent immigrant workforce, compared to a...

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Nearly half of recently immigrated kids in B.C. are poor: report

November 25, 2017

By Katya Slepian, Surrey Now | Almost half of recently immigrated children in Canada live in poverty, says a new report from First Call BC. The organization told reporters Tuesday that 45 per cent of people living in B.C. under 18 years old who had moved to Canada between 2011-2016 were poor. First Call BC considers children of families making below Statistics Canada’s low-income measure to be living in poverty....

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‘We didn’t hire for diversity’: Skilled immigrants fill needs of P.E.I. employers

November 24, 2017

By Karen Mair, CBC News | When Doug Coles is looking for someone to fill a job, qualifications are at the top of his list. The vice president of architecture and engineering firm Coles Associates says what a potential employee can do for the company is more important than where they’re from. “The person who filled the need we were looking for was a gentleman we deemed to be very...

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High migration can suppress wages … in some places, some jobs

November 23, 2017

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | The boosters of high migration to Canada claim it’s the key to economic salvation. Critics counter that large numbers of immigrants and temporary workers “steal jobs” and reduce the wages of the host population. The truth, it is turning out, is somewhere in the middle. The answer to one of the most controversial political questions in Canada — does high in-migration depress wages? ­—...

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