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Aboriginal peoples living off-reserve in Western Canada
Estimates from the Labour Force Survey
April 2004 - March 2005


According to the new data, labour market conditions have improved for off-reserve Aboriginal people. However, gaps still persist between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal population.

During the 12 months ending in March 2005, unemployment rates for Aboriginal people residing in the West were 2.5 times higher than for non-Aboriginal people, on average.

Additionally, the transition into the labour market was particularly difficult for Aboriginal youth, those aged 15 to 24.

There were a number of positive findings:

  • Métis had relative success in the labour market, with employment rates similar to those of non-Aboriginal people;
  • a robust Alberta economy produced strong labour market outcomes for Aboriginal people, and;
  • completion of postsecondary education was particularly important for Aboriginal people since it dramatically increased their chance of obtaining employment.

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