Employment continues to increase thanks to recent immigrants

The employment rate among very recent immigrants continued on an upward trend in Canada, reaching 71 per cent last month.

Although the overall population of newcomers has not grown over the course of the pandemic, the number of very recent immigrants working in some industries has grown. Namely, in professional, scientific, and technical services, as well as finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing. These two industries have had sustained employment growth throughout the pandemic.

Immigrants who have stayed in the country for more than five years have reached an employment rate of almost 59 percent, which is about one percentage point less than in September 2019.

The services-producing sector also surpassed its pre-COVID employment level for the first time. The increases were led by sectors like public administration, information, culture and professional, scientific and technical services.

Overall, the Canadian economy gained 157,000 new jobs last month, bringing the employment rate within one percentage point of pre-pandemic levels.