Statistics Canada reveals that Visible minority women born in Canada are more likely to have a post-secondary degree than other populations who do not identify as a visible minority [47.7% of Canadian-born visible minority women of core working age had a university degree, compared with 25.8% of same-aged women who were not a visible minority].
Additionally, visible minority women are more likely than non-visible minority men and women to have a post-secondary degree in fields less studied by women such as computer sciences, mathematics and engineering. For example, 4.4% of non-visible minority men had a degree in computer science and mathematics compared to 4.8% of visible minority women.
However, this does not surprisingly translate into high-income employment rates for these women. The employment rate for visible minority women stands at 68%, significantly lower than 79%, that of non-visible minority women.
Nearly 2/3rds of visible minority women are newcomers to Canada. Research further reveals that visible minority newcomer women have the lowest median annual income of all newcomer groups and more likely to be unemployed in comparison to men and other groups on account of several barriers such as language, self-identification of skills, unavailability of childcare, transportation constraints etc.
This program is designed on a premise that aims to address these barriers and empower program participants to access and retain employment in addition to gaining the confidence, skills, attitudes necessary for workplace integration and adjustment. We believe that visible minority newcomer women represent a vibrant skilled and rich resource that can make productive contributions to the Canadian economy and society.
We are grateful to Social Research and Development Corporation for their vision to undertake this research project and grateful to the Government of Canada for the investment in ensuring that this marginalized group of women are provided with the support necessary for labour market integration. Thank you for supporting our work.
For more information about Empowering Visible Minority Newcomer Women to Succeed In the Canadian Labour Market, contact Magdalene Cooman, Director of Employer Engagement, World Skills Employment Centre.