Priority 3: Employment
North Shore immigrants have access to employment that matches their skills, education, and experience.
- According to the provincial government’s Labour Force to 2041 study, the number of jobs on the North Shore will increase from 77,000 in 2006 to 110,000 in 2041. 41% of employers surveyed by NSIIP reported a shortage of skilled workers.
- The 2011 National Household Survey reported that 11.2% of recent immigrants on the North Shore were unemployed, compared to 6.2% of the total labour force.
- Only 22.1% of immigrants surveyed by NSIIP reported being employed in their occupational field. Working in positions below their level of education, skills and experience creates financial barriers for immigrants and contributes to feelings of isolation and other settlement stresses.
- Only 2.3% of community service providers surveyed agreed that “newcomers are able to find employment opportunities that use their education, skills and abilities.”
- The majority of employers surveyed were receptive to hiring immigrants but were not aware of or actively using government funded employment services or immigrant services to find them. Over two-thirds of employers surveyed reported hiring recent immigrants through the same process as other staff; e.g. via their networks. Half of the employers interviewed were interested in getting further assistance in recruiting and retaining immigrants.
- 7.8% of immigrant survey participants are self-employed, and the North Shore is regarded as a popular destination for immigrant entrepreneurs.