According to a Federal analysis, the share of immigrants between 20 and 45 years of age with the highest labour force participation reached a new high level last year, although Canada is opening its doors to more newcomers than ever before.
So it is easier to immigrate to Canada today, making it easier to get a new employee overseas.
This increase was probably partly due to a strong job creation process in the country, which encouraged companies to employ more people who are usually at the margins of the workforce, says a document prepared for Finance Minister Bill Morneau. This category includes immigrants who arrived less than five years ago.
The share of prime-aged immigrants with post-secondary educations rose from 75 per cent in 2006 to 80 per cent in 2018. That’s nine percentage points higher than the share in the general population in the same age range.
Canada has welcomed more immigrants in recent years — and the government intends to bring in more. It has set targets of nearly 331,000 newcomers this year, 341,000 in 2020 and 350,000 in 2021.
The document also noted the strong economic and education outcomes for second-generation Canadians, compared to children of two Canadian-born parents.
Among individuals aged 25 to 44, 95 per cent of second-generation Canadians had completed high school compared to 89 per cent of those whose parents were both Canadian-born. Forty-one per cent of second-generation Canadians had university degrees versus 24 per cent of people with two Canadian-born parents.
In 2017, second-generation Canadians earned average employment incomes of $55,500, versus $51,600 for children of Canadian-born parents.