Statistics Canada traced the development of landed immigrants and in particular their participation in the labour force. The study shows that a large majority of immigrants, somewhere around 80 percent, found a job in the initial two years in Canada and most of them stayed in that particular job for more than a year. Sustained employment is far more prominent among principal applicants as more than half of them stayed with their jobs for more than 18-months.
Almost half of them who found employment got a job in their respective chosen field of occupation. Of the new immigrants who acquired a job after landing in Canada, 70 percent of them started within six months after arrival and the rest of them started within a period of 7-months to 1-year.
When it comes to switching jobs, half of the immigrants were found to have only one job. Of these single job holders, more than half of them held on the job for more than a year and were still working in the same job even after the end of their second year. The other half held more than a single job during a period of two years.
In some cases, the change of job is actually unavoidable, especially when it involves a transition from part-time to full-time jobs. One in five immigrants would work as part-time in their first job and full-time in their second job. Changing jobs also mean switching to other type of industry or occupation.
But it is not at all easy to settle in Canada and it is very famously said that living in Canada is not a bed of roses. Almost all the immigrants have to endure stumbling blocks that come along their way. One of these blocks is not having experience in the Canadian workforce. After they arrive to this new land, they face the reality that their experience in their home country is worth nothing in the Canadian labor market. Many also encounter the lack of acceptance or recognition of their qualifications or even work. It is well known that some companies choose not to acknowledge the work experience in the home countries of new immigrants. As a result of this, many immigrants are forced to enroll or undergo some training courses in order to upgrade their educational qualifications.
But, in spite of all these, new immigrants are pleased with their jobs and Canada.