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New Data Shows Nearly 25% of Canadian Workers are Immigrants

By December 1, 2017 July 2nd, 2024 No Comments

Over the last 10 years, immigrants have significant gains in Canada’s workforce and more the 50% have a bachelor’s degree, according to Canada’s 2016 census.

Statistics show that immigrants made up 23.8% of Canada’s workers in 2016. This is up 21.6% from 2006. During the same 10-year span, Canada introduced extensive changes to its immigration system to focus on skilled labour shortages, specifically the introduction of the Express Entry system in 2015.

Statistics Canada defines an immigrant as a person who has ever been or who is a permanent resident or landed immigrant.

When you look at Canada on a regional scale, the results are even more impressive. In 2016, immigrants represent high labour force numbers in the following cities:

  • More than 50% of workers in Toronto, Ontario, metropolitan area
  • 2% of workers in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 5% of workers in Calgary, Alberta

One of the main goals with the Express Entry system is to offset the expected labour decline due to Canada’s aging population. The three categories the system classes economic immigrants under are the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

Since January 2015, nearly 150,000 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence have been issued through the Express Entry system.  Canada has announced this year that it plans to welcome nearly one million new permanent residents by the end of 2020. Through this plan, Canada has made targets to admit 250,000 of these newcomers through the Express Entry System.

To enter for the Express Entry pool, applicants need to decide which class they qualify under. Candidates will be evaluated based on their work experience, educations, language ability, skills, and other personal information.

Trends in Higher Education

According to Canada’s 2016 Census statistics:

  • Over 50% of recent Canadian immigrants a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Four in 10 immigrants between the ages of 25 and 64 a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 3% of immigrant in the same age group had a master’s or doctorate degree
  • Immigrants two times as likely to hold a master’s degree or PhD compared to the Canadian-born population

Trends in Jobs

According to Canada’s 2016 Census statistics:

  • Canada’s social assistance and health care industry employed the most Canadians
  • More than two million Canadians were employed in the two above industry
  • Strong growth in the high-skilled computer and information systems professionals group, now representing 2.1% of Canada’s total employment
  • Tech hubs in Canada are Ottawa-Gatineau (4.9% of all employment) and Toronto (3.7% of all employment)

For more information from the 2016 Census, click here.

Are you looking to apply for a work permit, the Express Entry program, or a student visa? Contact the Immigration Office of Ronen Kurzfeld to start your application today.