Visible Minority Immigrants Less Likely to Work in their Fields

  • 68 per cent: The proportion of immigrants from countries such as Australia, who are mostly non-visible minorities, who are employed in their fields within six months of arrival in Canada.
  • 33 per cent:  The proportion of immigrants from Asia or the Middle East, who are almost all visible minorities, who work in their fields within six months of arrival.
  • $2.4 to $3.4 billion: The estimated cost to Canadians in lost annual income due to the failure to recognize credentials of visible minorities.

(Source: The Value of Diverse Leadership, Conference Board of Canada, Nov. 20, 2008.)