The Positive Impact of Immigration on Canadian Sectors


The future economic success of Canada is contingent upon immigration, which provides a counterbalance to the country's low birth rate and ageing population. According to Statistics Canada (May 2021), immigrants are playing a vital role in a variety of sectors due to the need to close labour shortages and promote economic growth.

Immigrants usually present inspiring journeys full of problems and how they made it in a strange land. Thus, they get to play a key role in the economic, social and cultural growth of nations.


Because there is an increasing need for qualified workers in the healthcare sector, immigrants make up 25% of the workforce, which safeguards the industry's future. According to Statistics Canada, immigrants comprise:

  • 23 per cent among registered nurses.
  • 35 per cent of nursing assistants and related professions.
  • 37 per cent of pharmacists.
  • 36% of physicians.
  • 39 per cent of dentists.
  • 54% of dental technicians and those in similar fields.

These figures highlight how important immigrants are to having a large enough labour pool to satisfy the changing needs of Canada's healthcare system.


With over 12 million workers, Canada has a dynamic economic environment where immigrants play a key role as leaders and entrepreneurs. Immigrants have a significant influence on the economy; they make up 33% of all business owners that employ people. As evidenced by the data:

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  • A significant number of immigrants, approximately 600,000, work for themselves in a variety of industries, including retail commerce, healthcare, professional services, and construction.
  • In the fields of banking, communications, business services, commerce, broadcasting, and other services, as well as construction, transportation, production, and utilities, more than 47,000 immigrants work in senior managerial positions.

These numbers demonstrate the ability of immigrants to start their businesses, which encourages expansion and diversity in Canada's economic community.

Food Industry

Immigration is assisting in addressing workforce difficulties faced by the food and beverage industry, which employs 1.16 million people and is a key employer in Canada. Above 25% of employees in this industry and 53% of company owners that hire people are immigrants. 

At the time, it employed 11% of all professional immigrants who arrived in Canada between 2011 and 2016, making it the largest employer of recent immigrants. Around 3,200 recent immigrants nationwide operated a food or beverage company in 2016, underscoring their contribution to the expansion and sustainability of this important sector.

Culture and Art


Canada's booming arts and culture sector benefits greatly from the almost 80,000 professionals who are immigrants working in a range of roles. Among immigrants are:

  • 25% of crafters or artisans
  • 26% of designers
  • 29% of self-employed writers, performers, and artists

They have an effect on science and technology as well, as 34% of workers are immigrants involved in scientific research and development. Significant contributions to innovation and technological growth have been made by immigrants, who account for nearly 50% of all chemists, 41% of engineers, and 39% of computer programmers in Canada.


What are the benefits of immigration to Canada's healthcare system?

Immigration benefits the healthcare sector greatly since it fills labour shortages. Immigrants will make up 25% of the healthcare workforce by May 2021 and will be essential in positions such as registered nurse (23%), nurse assistant, pharmacist, doctor, dentist, and dental tech.

How do immigrants impact Canada's capacity for innovation in science and technology?


Canada's ability to innovate in science and technology is greatly enhanced by immigrants. They make up 34% of the workforce in scientific research and development services, and they have a significant impact on advances in computer programming, engineering, and chemistry.


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