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Wage Opportunities for Visible Minorities in Canada

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  • Derek Hum
  • Wayne Simpson
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    The wage opportunities afforded different racial groups vary considerably. We present a new analysis of wage differentials for different visible minority groups in Canada which also accounts for immigration background, using the first wave of the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics. With the exception of Black men, we find no statistically significant wage disadvantage for visible minorities who are native born. It is primarily among immigrants that wage differentials for visible minority membership exist. Our results suggest that policies to achieve a colour-blind Canadian labour market may have to focus more on immigrant assistance and less on traditional employment equity legislation.

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    Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 25 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 379-394

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