SURVEY: Half of B.C. immigrants say they do not find jobs matching their training, skills and experience
Monday, February 25, 2019

Newcomers with professional and trades skills feel welcomed in B.C. but most say their workplace credentials are undervalued, leading to economic difficulties and employment exclusion, according to a new survey by Vancity in partnership with Angus Reid Global.

Of 400 immigrants surveyed in B.C., 34% say they have amassed debt due to employment difficulties experienced here, and 44% say it has been difficult to provide for their families. The figures are even higher among those looking for work in their chosen field, in which they are trained or have previous work experience.

Among those seeking employment in their chosen field, only half (49%) say they are able to find work at levels that match their credentials. The rest say they take work in junior positions or find work in different fields. Most newcomers agree that their work experience (70%), professional qualifications (67%) and education (66%) from their countries of origin are less respected than the Canadian equivalents.

The survey was conducted in advance of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) Summit, a major international event hosted by Vancity on February 19 and 20 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Summit participants will explore how values-based banking can address social, environmental and economic challenges. Vancity, for example, supports the federal Foreign Credential Recognition Loans program for organizations helping new Canadians find work in their chosen fields.

The vast majority (90%) of newcomers surveyed say they are glad they immigrated to Canada, and 86% feel that Canadians are generally welcoming of them. But 62% believe they had to overcome racism in order to land a job.

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