“Canada needs immigration to drive our economy, enrich our society and support our aging population” -Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Young and middle-aged immigrants who came to Canada within the last five years are now more likely to have landed a job than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, figures from Statistics Canada reveal. In its latest labour Force Survey, released on January 7th; Statistics Canada noted that there is now a higher proportion of recent immigrants employed in Canada as at December 2021 than before the pandemic.
“After declining earlier in the pandemic due to international travel restrictions, the number of very recent immigrants (those who have arrived within the previous five years) has generally recovered to its pre-pandemic level in recent months,” noted Statistics Canada. “In December, the total number of very recent immigrants of core working age, who are most likely to participate in the labour market, was 0.6 percent, or 5,000 immigrants, higher than two years earlier based on a three-month moving average which is not seasonally adjusted.”
In the 25-to-54-year-old age group, those who were employed rose by 7.8 percentage points, to 78.7 percent, in the two years that ended last December. “Employment gains over the period were largest in professional, scientific, and technical services which saw an increase of 26,000 employed workers, wholesale and retail trade, which added 20,000 employed. Reflecting the role that both higher-skilled and lower-skilled employment plays in the integration of newcomers into the labour market,” stated Statistics Canada. One in three Canadian businesses is owned by an immigrant, and one in four healthcare workers is a newcomer. You can be a part of this thriving ecosystem.
The growing employment rate among immigrants of working age in Canada is particularly impressive because it comes while the country is seeing record levels of immigration. Canada made history in 2021 by reaching its target of 401,000 immigrants, the highest total ever in a calendar year and Ottawa is hoping to welcome even more-411,000 new permanent residents, this year.
“This is a historic moment for our country, as we welcome the highest number of newcomers in a century. ‘’I can’t wait to see the incredible contributions that our 401,000 new neighbors make in communities across the country.”
– Sean Fraser (Immigration Minister)
In the light of these extremely recent developments, it is safe to say that immigrating to Canada as a postgraduate or undergraduate student; you have good career/job prospects. Canada needs you and she has provision you. All that is needed is to get guidance on how to take advantage of this moment in history and we can help you achieve this!