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Recognizing the Problem: Workplace credentials and the newcomer experience in BC


Moving to British Columbia from another country and settling into a local community isn’t always easy. One of the most formidable challenges a new Canadian can face is finding meaningful work that matches the education, experience, trade and professional qualifications they received in their country of origin.

As a result of barriers to securing employment in BC, new immigrant and refugee families are over-represented in child poverty statistics.

Vancity partnered with Angus Reid Global to survey 400 new Canadians in BC. The survey results help inform a new Vancity report, called Recognizing the Problem: Workplace credentials and the newcomer experience in BC​.

The report found that new Canadians in B.C. earn eight per cent less than workers who are at least third generation Canadian, while immigrants in Vancouver earn 18 per cent less. Meanwhile, newcomers with manual labour jobs are five times more likely than third-plus generation Canadians to have university degrees.