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Study: Source-country female labour force participation and the wages of immigrant women in Canada, 2006 to 2012

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Released: 2015-01-28

A new study finds a positive association between source-country female labour force participation rates and immigrant women's wages in Canada.

After controlling for individual-level characteristics, such as education, age at immigration, years since landing, job tenure and region of residence, as well as selected national-level characteristics, such as gender role attitudes, immigrant women from nations with higher female labour force participation rates had higher wages in Canada than women from nations with lower female labour force participation rates.

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This national level study used 2006 to 2012 data from Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey together with data from the World Values Survey. At the time of Labour Force Survey, women were aged 25 to 64 and had been living in Canada for at least one year.

The research paper "Source-country Female Labour Force Participation and the Wages of Immigrant Women in Canada," part of the Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series (Catalogue number11F0019M), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

Similar studies are available in the Update on Social Analysis Research module of our website

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