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Myth: Immigrants take away jobs from Canadian born residents

 

Facts

  • Canada's worker-to-retiree ratio is 4 to 1. By 2035, there will be only 2 workers for every retiree.

  • Starting in 2015, more people turned 65 than young people turned 15, meaning that growth of the core working-age group is now exclusively from net migration.

  • In 2016, 86.8% of Simcoe County's labor force was comprised of Canadian-born workers. 13.2% of the labor force was comprised of immigrants.

    • Source: 2016 Census, Target group profile of the population by immigration and citizenship status, Community Data Program (distributor).
  • Immigrant residents tend to be more highly educated than Canadian-born residents. Despite this, recent immigrants often have a more difficult time finding employment.

    • Source: 2016 Census, Target group profile of the population by immigration and citizenship status, Community Data Program (distributor).
  • In Simcoe County, recent immigrants (arriving to Canada between 2011 and 2016) had an unemployment rate of 10.4%. In comparison, the total population's unemployment rate was 6.9%.

    • Source: 2016 Census, Target group profile of the population by immigration and citizenship status, Community Data Program (distributor).
  • 31.7% of Ontario's labour force are immigrants.

Resources

An article explaining the difficult process of finding a job as a Canadian immigrant: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/immigration-employment-canada-1.3831468