In a recently released study, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) surveyed more than 36,000 Canadians to find that more than 40% of Filipinos experienced job losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study conducted by StatsCan titled Economic impact of COVID-19 among visible minority groups found that more than 42% of Filipinos reported suffering job losses since the start of the pandemic.
The study found a correlation between poverty rates and immigration status. The Filipino community has a lower rate of poverty among visible minority groups in Canada.
Despite this, Filipinos and other visible minority groups have been more negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to White Canadians.
StatsCan noted that the results of the study were not reflective of the overall population due to the methodology used.
Filipinos were not the only ones who suffered job losses during the ongoing pandemic. Other groups, including West Asians, were adversely affected by disruptions caused by the pandemic, including 46.5% of the West Asian community.
Filipino community members who spoke to the CBC are asking the Government of Canada to start collecting more race-based data to use for making more effective public policy.
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MORE THAN 80% OF CANADA’S POPULATION GROWTH DUE TO NEW IMMIGRANTS
A new Statistics Canada study indicated that Canada’s population grew by more than 76,000 in the first quarter of this year, with more than 80% coming from newly arrived immigrants to the country.
Canada’s population has now grown to almost 38 million people.
The new study also saw that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had a detrimental effect on Canadian population growth, with the population having its smallest first quarter increase since 2015.
The Government of Canada imposed travel restrictions on March 18, 2020 in response to the pandemic, banning entry into Canada for most international travellers.
Before the pandemic, the Government of Canada’s immigration agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was projecting record immigration numbers.
International travel restrictions caused immigration numbers to start dropping in March, with a more pronounced impact expected in the second quarter.
IRCC maintains that their targets will continue to stand, and that Canada’s economic and population growth will continue to be dependent on welcoming new immigrants.
MORE ABOUT STATISTICS CANADA
Statistics Canada is the agency responsible for the production of reports about population, resources, economy and culture.
The bureau produces these reports for provincial and territorial governments, as well as for the Government of Canada.
Statistics Canada conducts a population survey every 5 years.
Industry publication The Economist named Statistics Canada the best statistical organization worldwide in 1991 and 1993.
Navdeep Bains is the present minister in charge of Statistics Canada.
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