A recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) survey found that a large number of Filipinos in Canada have experienced job losses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In the study titled Economic impact of COVID-19 among visible minority groups, StatsCan found that more than 42% of Filipinos have reported job losses since the start of the pandemic.
According to the study, which found a correlation between poverty rates and immigration status in Canada, Filipinos were the only visible minority group to have a lower poverty rate.
According to StatsCan, poverty rates make visible minority groups, including Filipinos, vulnerable to being affected negatively by work disruptions and job losses.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a strong impact on visible minority groups like Filipinos to meet their financial obligations and essential needs than their White counterparts.
Data was collected from more than 36,000 Canadians in the latest report, with StatsCan noting that the results were not reflective of the overall Canadian population.
The Filipino community was not the only one adversely affected by the pandemic. More than 46.5 West Asians reported job losses, while only 34.1 of White Canadians reported job losses.
Members of the Filipino community spoke to CBC, asking for the Government of Canada to collect more race-based data to come up with more effective public policy.
To read the report, click here.
80% OF POPULATION GROWTH IN 1Q 2020 CAME FROM IMMIGRATION
A recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) study indicated that Canada’s population increased by 76,000 in the first quarter of 2020. More than 80% of population growth came from immigration.
Canada’s total population is now under 38 million.
The study also found that because of international travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada had its smallest population increase for the first quarter of any year since 2015.
Canada imposed travel restrictions on March 18, 2020, banning travel into Canada for most travellers.
Immigration numbers for the first quarter of 2020 were tracking up, but COVID-19 travel restrictions caused a sharp drop in March.
The STATSCAN study foresees COVID-19 to have an even bigger impact for the second quarter.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Government of Canada‘s immigration agency, maintains that despite the negative impact that COVID-19 has had, Canada’s growth will continue to be driven by the arrival of new immigrants to the country.
ABOUT STATISTICS CANADA
Statistic Canada is Government of Canada agency responsible for producing statistical reports about Canada’s population, resources, economy and culture. The bureau produces reports for both the provincial and territorial governments as well as the federal government.
Statistics Canada conducts the nationwide census every 5 years.
The official abbreviation of the bureau is StatCan, but mainstream media commonly refers to it as StatsCan.
The Economist named Statistics Canada as the best statistical organization in the world in 1991 and 1993.
The incumbent minister is Navdeep Bains.
For more information about Statistics Canada, click here.
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