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Study: Re-accreditation and the occupations of immigrant doctors and engineers

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The Daily

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The chances of foreign-trained doctors and engineers finding work in their field in Canada depend largely on where they are from and when they arrived, according to a new study.

Using data from the 2001 Census, the study, published today in Canadian Social Trends, found that underemployment is most common among foreign-trained doctors born in East Asia, South East Asia, West Asia and Eastern Europe. Conversely, foreign-trained doctors born in Western European and South Asian countries are most likely to practice medicine once here.

Among foreign-trained engineers, those trained in a country that has accredited engineering programs recognized by Canada had the same chance of being employed as an engineer as someone born and trained in Canada.

The chances were almost as high for engineers born in South Asia, the Caribbean or Latin America, but were very low for those born in South East Asia.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 3901.

The study, "Re-accreditation and the occupations of immigrant doctors and engineers", is now available in the September 2007 issue of Canadian Social Trends, no. 84 (11-008-XWE, free) from the Publications module of our website.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (613-951-5979;, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division.