Job prospects for immigrants improving but lesser than Canadian-born counterparts

However, still, rate of employment is still low as compared to their Canada-born counterparts.

Job rate low for immigrants—As per the official figures unveiled by Statistics Canada, immigrants in Canada face low job prospects than Canadian born counterparts. This becomes evident from the analysis of job rate for immigrants living in Canada in the last few years.

Job prospects for immigrants in Canada have been improving to a significant extent in the last few years but still much needs to be done to bring it at par with their Canadian-born counterparts.

No doubt, rate of employment has considerably gone up among immigrants in Canada as immigrants seem to be getting jobs after coming to Canada.

For instance, the employment rate went up by 4.3 percent among immigrants in the age group between 25 and 54 years in 2011 from the previous year.

But, if we take into consideration, the employment rate for Canadians aged between 25 and 54, its not less than 82.9 percent. On the other hand, it’s around 75.6 percent among immigrants, the figures for the year 2011 reveal.

Reasons for differences in employment rate-immigrants versus Canadians—So, what’s the reason behind the differences in terms of job prospects for immigrants versus their Canada-born counterparts?

Well, according to Richard Kurland, an immigration lawyer based in Vancouver, newcomers are the first to see a red signal when it comes to layoffs.

That’s because the workplace counts seniority level of the employees. And immigrants get dismissed at the first instance whenever there is any economic change.

Changing immigration rules to prefer young--Although, differences in job rates are likely to continue for immigrants and Canadian-born counterparts, but the good thing is that job prospects will, nonetheless, keep growing in the coming years, affirms Kurland.

And the onus must go to changing Canada immigration rules that are going to recruit and retain younger candidates, he maintained. Special focus will be on those having either Canada work experience or Canada education experience.

Various immigration programs including provincial nominee programs enable Canadian provinces to pick and choose immigrants possessing skills in high demand, maintains executive director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Debbie Douglas.