Canada immigrants had a new record high median entry wage in 2018
The median entry wage for new immigrants that arrived in Canada was the highest it had ever been in 2018, according to a Statistics Canada report. Immigrants had a steady rise in median entry wages. Immigrants reported a median entry wage of $30,100 in 2018 after arriving in Canada the year prior. The previous record was in 2017 earning $26,500 for immigrants who arrived in 2016.
The gap between immigrant and Canadian median wages declined in 2018, but the median entry wage for Canadian was still higher at $37,400. Median entry wages were highest for those with both a study and work permit at $44,000 and people with only a work permit earned $39,100. Both groups earned more than Canadians for median entry wages.
The higher wages for immigrants are based on certain socioeconomic characteristics like language proficiency in English or French, category of admission, and professional experience in their home country. The higher entry wages could be because more immigrants seem to have pre-admission experience in Canada. Compared to the past, more immigrants who came to Canada in 2017 had work or study experience or claimed refugee status prior to admission.
Immigrant outcomes differed depending on what country they were from. Economic immigrants born in the U.S., U.K., and Brazil had the highest median wages ten (10) years after admission. However, immigrants from Iran, Egypt, and Algeria saw the highest increases in median wage over the same period.
Immigrants who worked in Canada before applying for permanent residence were more likely to stay in their province in admission. About 87% of immigrants were still in their initial province five (5) years after landing.