Benefits of immigration to Canadian sectors

Immigrants help grow Canada’s future. According to Statistics Canada, immigrants are making important contribution across every sector of Canada’s economy. As of May 2021, immigrants aged 25 to 54 represented

  • over 36% of people working in accommodation and food services
  • nearly 38% of those working in the transportation and warehousing sector
  • over 34% of those working in professional, scientific and technical services
  • over 20% of those working in construction

Learn more about how they contribute to different sectors.

Immigration matters in health care

More than 1.9 million people work in the health care sector. Many more will be needed in the coming years to ensure continued access to high-quality care.

Immigration matters in business

Immigrants account for 32% of all business owners with paid staff. They create important local jobs in all sectors of our economy, including construction, professional services, health care and retail trade.


Immigrants make up 24% of all people working as sports coaches.

Science and technology

More than one third of people working in scientific research and development services were born outside of Canada.

Arts and culture

More than 20% of independent artists, writers and performers are immigrants.

Food services

More than 1 in 4 workers in the food and beverage sector are immigrants.


More than 1 in 4 people employed in the social assistance sector were born outside of Canada.

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