Earnings of Immigrants in Traditional and Non-Traditional Destinations: A Case Study from Atlantic Canada



Despite growing interest in the regionalization of immigration, comparative studies of the labor market outcomes of immigrants in traditional and non-traditional destinations remain limited in Canada. Using Atlantic Canada as a non-traditional destination and drawing data from the 2006 Census of Population, this study compares the determinants of immigrant earnings in this region with those of three major traditional destinations, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver (MTV). Results indicate the returns to postgraduate degrees and foreign credentials on earnings are higher in Atlantic Canada than MTV, although the costs of being visible minorities and speaking non-official language(s) at home are not statistically different between the two destinations. Results also show the earning disparities linked to employment in ethnic businesses are smaller in Atlantic Canada. This paper discusses implications of these findings for immigrant settlement policy.


Immigration Atlantic Canada Traditional destinations Non-traditional destinations Provincial Nominee Programs Immigrant earnings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyWestern UniversityLondonCanada
  2. 2.Department of SociologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Department of SociologyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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