New Report Shows Canada's Skilled Immigrants Are Earning More & Getting Better Jobs

A new system identifies workers who will be economically successful.
New Report Shows Canada's Skilled Immigrants Are Earning More & Getting Better Jobs

The labour market is built on what people are able to bring into it. Canada's skilled immigrants are an essential part of the equation, and a recent report shows that they are faring better than ever. Not only are they earning more, but they are also working in their preferred fields.

This is due to a new ranking system introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada called Express Entry (EE). It has better allowed the country to find skilled workers and get them meaningful employment. They are also able to earn more through improved job placement.

Editor's Choice: Eugene Levy & His Wife Raised Their Kids In Toronto So They Could Have Normal Childhoods

What is Express Entry?

The Express Entry program launched in January 2015 and serves as an application management program for some of Canada's economic immigration categories.

These include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

EE uses a point-based ranking system to identify workers who are likely to have higher earnings and perform well in the Canadian labour market.

The top-scorers are selected from the pool and given the opportunity to apply for permanent residency.

The program can also identify immigrants with specific skills needed in certain regions of the country, according to the Toronto Star.

How have skilled workers benefited?

A recent evaluation of EE showed promising results. Those who have applied through the program have reported better employment income and jobs in their fields of expertise.

According to the study, 95% of applicants have established themselves economically. They were earning roughly 20% more than those who did not apply through EE, and 83% said that they were working in their primary occupation.

On top of that, 43% of applicants were working in jobs that required a university education, compared to just 25% of those who did not go through the updated system.

What types of jobs do they have?

The majority of high-scoring skilled workers who applied for permanent residency through Express Entry reported that they had found jobs as software engineers and designers, as well as information systems analysts and consultants.

Respondents also said that they were working as post-secondary teachers, financial auditors, university professors, and computer programmers.

Through the Express Entry program, those who applied in the Federal Skilled Worker program also earn, on average, $61,700 a year (based on data from 2015 to 2016).

A majority of people who became permanent residents reported that their current job either met or exceeded their expectations.

Narcity Surveys 📋

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

While many global companies have been flirting with the idea of a four-day workweek for employees, several U.K. firms have actually signed up to make it a reality later this year.

Several different companies have agreed to give their employees one less workday per week, while continuing to pay them their full annual salary.

Keep Reading Show less

You've heard about companies switching to a four-day workweek in order to keep their staff, but would you believe that one firm is hanging onto its employees by offering them a bonus if they quit?

Trainual, a software company that specialized in onboarding programs, is doing just that by offering a $5,000 bonus to new employees who decide the job isn't for them within the first two weeks.

Keep Reading Show less

Narcity may receive a small commission if you purchase something we recommend in this article, which was created by the Narcity Shop team. Items are in stock and prices are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

With the pandemic stretching out to what feels like forever, many companies across Canada are adopting the fully remote work model. For job hunters, this means more options for a dream job that doesn't require moving across the country.

Keep Reading Show less

This Tiny UK Island Is Looking For A King Or Queen To Reign Over Its Pub & Ancient Castle

"Landlord, Pub Manager and King/Queen of Piel" would look pretty great on a resume...

Have you always wanted a job title that makes you sound like a ruler from Game of Thrones?

You might want to throw your hat in the ring for a new job posting on Piel, a tiny island in the middle of Morecambe Bay in the U.K.

Keep Reading Show less