First-generation Canadians in non-profit sector have lower job satisfaction: study

One in four people employed in Canada’s social assistance sector were born outside Canada

Why It Matters

Newcomers often turn to non-profit organizations for Canadian work experience, but new data reveals that 34 per cent of first-generation Canadians are dissatisfied with those roles. Could building more inclusive work cultures change that?

A new report has found first-generation Canadians working in the non-profit sector have higher than average rates of job dissatisfaction, although more research is needed to determine why that is. “I was quite surprised by that finding,” said the report’s author, Steven Ayer. “Because amongst racialized newcomers, there was certainly really low job satisfaction, but amongst second and third-generation racialized workers, we weren't seeing the same trend.”

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