According to a survey, Canada can improve economic outcomes for all the immigrants. Many immigrants living in Canada lost their job during the spread of the virus and were not able to support themselves financially. Immigrants from all around the world have been affected by this not just Canada. In order to look upon the well-being of the recent migrants in Canada, World Education Services (WES) conducted a survey. They got around 7,496 responses from three surveys conducted in April, June and August 2020.
The findings from the survey showed that most of the people affected have lost their income and can’t even meet their basic needs. Around 13% of the immigrants are working at a reduced pay with reduced hours, where as 14% have lost their jobs completely because of the spread. The survey further showed that 17% lost their main income stream temporarily while 6% have lost these income streams permanently. One person in every five is having trouble with affording a house, international students are suffering more. Every person in ten can’t even afford medicine and groceries.
During the spread of the virus, Canada Emergency Response Benefit was created to help the economic needs of the people who had the most impact from the spread. However, more than half of those people didn’t benefit from this program. Permanent residents were more likely to receive benefits from this program.
It was also found that many immigrants were not accessing the settlement or employment help from any social service agencies. Most of these immigrants and permanent residents are not even interested to contact such agencies. Most of the temporary workers and international students do not even know they are eligible for the services. About 12% don’t know how to contact the agency and only 19% have contacted the agency.
Looking upon the results there are three ways through which the government of Canada can improve the economic recovery. The first way is to provide more pathways to the temporary workers for permanent residency. The second way is to give attention to employment service interventions and settlements for international and temporary workers. Along with this all the classes of migrants shall be made more aware of the supports they have and the services they are eligible for. The third way is to do policy interventions that will aim to address the systematic issues which have caused many migrants to be affected by Covid-19.