Immigrants in Canada are underemployed and paid less than Canadian-born workers, a phenomenon that’s costing the economy over 20 billion Canadian dollars in forgone earnings, and is probably a significant factor in Canada’s productivity gap with the U.S., according to a report from CIBC World Markets.
Newcomers to Canada may be more educated now, but they only earn about 60 cents on the dollar relative to their Canadian-born counterparts. That compares with 80 cents on the dollar earned by those who arrived in the 1970s, the report says. The earnings gap is also narrowing at a much slower pace.
Source: Wall Street Journal blog