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Updated: 2022-05-16

Does Employment in Precarious Work Lead to Wage Disparities For Canadian Immigrants?

Document type Article
Author Hira-Friesen, Parvinder
Journal Canadian Ethnic Studies
Volume 50
Date 2018
ISSN 1913-8253
Pages 69-86


Using data from the Canadian Labour Force Survey for March of 2006 to 2012, this paper examines how employment in precarious jobs may lead to lower earnings among Canadian newcomers. Results suggest that recent immigrants are struggling financially due to wage disparities created by precarious employment. Both males and females experience an initial earnings disadvantage which is further exacerbated by being employed in involuntary part-time work, temporary work and multiple jobs.