Immigrants arrive better educated

data.jpgCanada held a census in 2006 and StatsCanada has been releasing the data bit by bit for the last year. Reading census data is an important part of understanding what is happening in the Canadian economy and labour market.

The latest release deals with employment and demographic information. You can read some of the highlights here. Today’s Times-Colonist ran a related article that describes how 51% of the 349,800 people who immigrated to this country between 2001 and 2006 held a university degree. Just 20% of the Canadian-born population hold similar education status.

As the Canadian economy continues its move towards knowledge-based employment, holding a post-secondary degree becomes more important and will provide an advantage when looking for work.