Opportunities Can Be Found

In many job categories immigrants have a lower unemployment rate than the average labour force.

Occupation Number of Jobs Posted Average Wage Unemployment Rate Immigrant Unemployment Rate
Sales and service occupations
6731 - Light duty cleaners 22 $20,076 4.6% 6.4%
6421 - Retail salespersons 20 $43,385 7.9% 5.1%
6711 - Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 15 $21,119 8.9% 3.6%
6235 - Financial sales representatives 14 $55,215 0% 0%
6222 - Retail and wholesale buyers 7 $49,560 7.5% 0%
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
7237 - Welders and related machine operators 10 $44,947 6.7% 15.8%
7452 - Material handlers 9 $44,361 3.4% 0%
7621 - Public works and maintenance labourers 9 $42,588 1.7% N/A
7271 - Carpenters 8 $45,307 3.9% 0%
7511 - Transport truck drivers 6 $49,615 2.9% 6.5%
Health occupations
3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 20 $74,337 2.0% 1.9%
3144 - Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 8 $86,175 0% N/A
3233 - Licensed practical nurses 7 $53,919 6.1% 0%
3414 - Other assisting occupations in support of health services 5 $32,399 0% N/A
3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 4 $37,925 2.9% 0%
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
4412 - Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations 12 $53,337 2.6% 0%
4411 - Home child care providers 5 $30,678 14.5% 10.6%
4011 - University professors and lecturers 2 $109,749 3.7% 2.3%
4311 - Police officers (except commissioned) 2 $90,226 0% 0%
4156 - Employment counsellors 1 $63,252 4.5% N/A
Business, finance and administration occupations
1414 - Receptionists 3 $35,155 6.3% 0%
1111 - Financial auditors and accountants 2 $80,775 1.1% 2.1%
1222 - Executive assistants 2 $35,258 0% 5.2%
1243 - Medical administrative assistants 2 $41,308 0% N/A
1311 - Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 2 $38,730 6.5% 0%
Management occupations
0621 - Retail and wholesale trade managers 4 $59,740 1.4% 2.9%
0112 - Human resources managers 3 $96,092 4.9% 0%
0631 - Restaurant and food service managers 3 $46,754 0.6% 3.3%
0012 - Senior government managers and officials 2 $106,343 0% N/A
0015 - Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. 1 $112,430 5.4% 22.2%
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
9619 - Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities 3 $47,661 6.3% 4.4%
9437 - Woodworking machine operators 2 $44,924 0% N/A
9536 - Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators 2 $45,465 0% 0%
9537 - Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors 2 $62,390 5.4% 0%
9614 - Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing 2 $24,365 4.2% N/A
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
8431 General farm workers 6 $29,916 2.1% 0%
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers 3 $24,248 2.3% 0%
8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers 3 $31,304 7.5% 4.8%
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
5252 Coaches 5 $27,103 0% N/A
5221 - Photographers 2 $32,957 7.7% N/A
5244 - Artisans and craftspersons 2 $26,265 0% N/A
5254 - Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness 1 $28,257 12.9% 12.4%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
2211 - Chemical technologists and technicians 2 $50,783 0% 0%
2132 - Mechanical engineers 1 $91,360 2.9% 0%
2171 - Information systems analysts and consultants 1 $90,803 4.3% 0%
2242 - Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 1 $53,600 3.0% 0%
Source: Vicinity Jobs & 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada, special tabulations for Workforce Planning Board (Tables 15 & 19)

Certain sectors appear to have more opportunities for immigrants that others. These charts will help you see employment rates by job for immigrants and non-immigrants.