Sidelined in the labour market
Long-term unemployment is costly to both society and the individual. In economic terms, it leads to a decrease in tax revenues, lessened productivity, and increased costs for social and health care programs. On a personal level, it is associated with financial problems, loss of self-esteem, and health problems. Between 1976 and 2003, long-term unemployment was closely tied to the business cycle.
Low income among immigrants and visible minorities
Moving to a new country presents challenges, many of them economic. Although the majority of immigrants are no more likely than those born in Canada to be in low income, certain groups are vulnerable.
Key labour and income facts
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