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Immigrant Women in Canada Falling Behind (WSN Spotlight)

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted groups of women differently. This week, the Women’s Solidarity Network is spotlighting the experiences of immigrant women in Canada. Immigration is a key factor in contributing to Canada’s economic growth. A survey conducted by Carleton University in July and August 2020 found that highly educated and skilled professional women who recently immigrated to Canada have been negatively impacted due to COVID-19. The pandemic has created conditions of decreased job stability and pressure to accept lower-skilled work which has in effect reversed expected career trajectories. These challenges are compounded by the rise in virtual work environments and expectations of family responsibilities.

Highlights of the survey results include:

  • 82% respondents said they were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Some recently arrived immigrants had their career start delayed
  • Some experienced a reversed career trajectory due to layoffs or decreased availability of short-term opportunities
  • Career trajectories were interrupted, due to increased family demands, reduced opportunities to perform and advance in a work-from-home environment, and limited social support.
Read more about the research here.

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