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Immigrants Aged Between 25 To 54 In Canada Have Better Job Opportunities

According to Statistics Canada, immigrants aged 25 to 54 who arrived in Canada during the last five years are now more likely to have found work than before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statistics Canada reported in its current Labour Force Survey, issued on January 7, that there was a higher percentage of recent immigrants in the core-age category employed in Canada in December last year than before the pandemic.

Following a decline early in the pandemic due to international travel bans, the number of very recent immigrants (those who arrived within the previous five years) has recently rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. Based on a three-month moving average that is not seasonally adjusted, the overall number of very new immigrants of core working age who are most likely to participate in the labor market was 0.6%, or 5,000 immigrants, higher in December than two years earlier.

In the two years ending last December, the proportion of 25-to-54-year-olds who were employed increased by 7.8 percentage points, to 78.7 percent. Over the time frame, employment growth was greatest in professional, scientific, and technical services, which added 26,000 workers, and wholesale and retail trade, which added 20,000 workers, representing the position that both higher-skilled and lower-skilled employment take part in the inclusion of newcomers into the labor market.

The rising rate of employment among working-age immigrants in Canada is especially notable because it comes at a time when the country is experiencing record amounts of immigration. Canada created history in 2021 when it met its target of 401,000 immigrants, the greatest total ever in a calendar year, and Ottawa is expecting to welcome even more this year, 411,000 new permanent residents.

“This is a historic moment for our country, as we welcome the highest number of newcomers in a century,” Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said. “I can’t wait to see the incredible contributions that our 401,000 new neighbors make in communities across the country.”

Ottawa met its immigration objective by refocusing the Express Entry system on candidates from the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program, as well as by introducing a new TR to PR Pathway for health care workers, other important workers, international grads, and francophones. Numbers were also boosted by family sponsorship and refugee immigration.

“Canada needs immigration to drive our economy, enrich our society and support our aging population,” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has stated. “One in three Canadian businesses is owned by an immigrant, and one in four healthcare workers is a newcomer.”

Immigration, according to business, labor market experts, and economists, generates employment, stimulates innovation, and helps alleviate skills shortages. Daily, new Canadians add to communities across our country, and Canada will continue to welcome more of them as the Canada of the future is being built. Immigrants in Canada are currently profiting from a general increase in the number of available employment, as the country’s economy shows significant indications of improvement. This is regardless of the fact that the most recent wave of COVID-19 has been driven by the Omicron form, which typically causes lesser symptoms in people infected.

Full-time employment increased by 123,000, or 0.8%, in December, with men aged 25 to 54 accounting for the majority of the rise. They experienced a gain of 95,000 jobs or a 1.6% increase in employment. The increase in full-time positions began in June of last year. Part-time employment in Canada, on the other hand, is declining, with the number of people employed part-time declining by 68,000, or 1.9 percent.

Following the growth in employment, Canada’s unemployment rate remained at 5.9 percent in December, hardly changed from November, and marginally higher than the pre-pandemic level of 5.7 percent in February 2020.

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