Children Of Canada Immigrants More Likely To Go To University, Get Better-Paying Jobs

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Children Of Canada Immigrants More Likely To Go To University, Get Better-Paying Jobs
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Canada immigration news: A Statistics Canada report reveals economic immigrants’ children stay in school longer and get higher-paying jobs than does the average Canadian-born worker.

By the age of 30, these children of economic immigrants to Canada out-earn the average Canadian worker by 29.3 per cent, commanding a median annual wage of $55,500 compared to the $42,940 earned annually by the average Canadian worker of the same age.


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The reason economic immigrants’ children can command these higher salaries is because more of them go to college or university compared to Canadians.

“In 2019, the post-secondary education participation rate was 70.3 per cent for 20-year-old immigrants admitted as children, compared with 58.9 per cent of the overall Canadian population,” states the report by Canada’s statistical and demographic services agency. 

Economic Immigrants’ Children More Likely To Go To University

Not only do more of these children of economic immigrants get a university education but they also attend these post-secondary institutions longer, suggesting more of them get post-graduate degrees than do Canadian-born students.

“At age 25, the participation rate was 32.7 per cent for immigrants admitted as children and 26.6 per cent for the overall Canadian population,” notes that report.

In its Socioeconomic Outcomes Of Immigrants Admitted To Canada As Children, 2019 released this week, Statistics Canada points out one of the costs these economic immigrants’ children incur for their higher participation in post-secondary education.


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As young adults, the children of economic immigrants to Canada actually earn less than the average Canadian worker, 15.5 per cent less at age 20, because they are more likely to be attending classes.

“At age 20, immigrants who were admitted as children had lower median wages, $10,900, than the overall Canadian population of $12,900,” notes the report. “This is associated with the immigrants’ higher post-secondary education participation.”

The authors of the Statistics Canada report suggest the reason so many more economic immigrants’ children attend university or college is because of the criteria used in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to select those applicants most likely to succeed in Canada.

Children of Family-Sponsored Immigrants More Likely To Go To College, University

“Canada’s selection process for economic principal applicants heavily emphasizes their education, skills and work experience,” notes Statistics Canada. “As a result, the majority of immigrant tax filers admitted under this category have completed some post-secondary education at the time of their admission.”

Since their parents tend to have more education, the children of these economic immigrants tend to follow in their parents’ footsteps and also go for higher education.

“Immigrants admitted as children of economic immigrant families have much higher post-secondary education participation than their counterparts admitted through other immigration categories, particularly during early adulthood,” notes Statistics Canada. 

“In 2019, 75.4 per cent of 20-year-old immigrants admitted as children of economic immigrant families participated in postsecondary education.”

That compares to a participation rate in post-secondary education of 60.7 per cent for those children who came to Canada under family sponsorship programs and 58.9 per cent for the overall Canadian population. Immigrants admitted as children of refugee families had the lowest participation in postsecondary education at age 20 with only 53.9 per cent of them going on to college or university.

A good way for foreign workers to immigrate to Canada is through the Express Entry system, which manages Canada’s immigration applications intake and allows applicants who meet eligibility criteria to submit an online profile, known as an Expression of interest (EOI), under one of three federal Canada immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program to the Express Entry Pool.

Candidates’ profiles are ranked against each other according to the CRS points-based system with the highest-ranked candidates considered for  Invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Those receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay the processing fees, within a delay of 60 days.  

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