Report authors: Sarah Wayland and Dan Sheffield
Date: October 2014
Governments are Canada’s largest employers. Yet, immigrants are only about half as likely to work in the public sector compared to the Canadian-born population. This is despite immigrants being a key factor in net labour force growth across Canada.
The Allies research identifies six challenges to immigrants gaining skills-commensurate employment in the public sector:
- Lack of data on immigrants employed in the public sector;
- Retrenchment trends in the civil service;
- Seniority and collective agreements with unions;
- Lack of political leadership and policy imperatives;
- Requirements around citizenship, bilingualism, and credentials that adversely impact skilled immigrants; and
- Lack of supports for immigrants in smaller communities.
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