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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Immigrant wages increase due to the high level of labour shortages


Immigrant wages increase due to the high level of labour shortages

Canadian employers struggling to find highly skilled employees raise wages for economic immigrants to tackle the labour shortages.


According to Statistics Canada, in the Longitudinal Immigration Database: Immigrants' Income Trajectories Since Admission, immigrants who came to Canada in 2017 and 2018 received a 4.2% higher wage than immigrants who came in 2017.

The median wage of economic immigrants was $43,600 in 2019, which is 12.4% higher than the Canadian median wage. Economic categories select applicants based on their ability to integrate into the Canadian labor market and contribute to the economy. The majority of them have post-secondary education and know at least one official language.


In 2019, the median wage for immigrants admitted under those categories was $43,600, 12.4% higher than the median wage in Canada ($38,800) and 3.8% higher than the median entry wage of their counterparts admitted in 2017 ($42,000).


One year after admission, the median wage for economic principal applicants surpassed that of the Canadian population, but all other immigrants were still earning less than the Canadian median wage. The median entry wage of economic immigrant dependents admitted in 2018, spouses included, was $27,600.


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