Ontario visible minorities face barriers to work
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:02AM EDT
TORONTO - A report being released today says Ontario residents from visible minorities are far more likely to live in poverty, face higher unemployment and receive less pay.
The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is based on census date collected in 2005.
Centre researcher Sheila Block says women are worse off because sexism and racial discrimination pack what she calls a "double wallop."
Block says the data shows women from visible minorities working in Ontario earned about half as much as men who were not from visible minorities.
The study says workers from visible minorities had an unemployment rate of 8.7 per cent in 2005, compared with 5.8 per cent for the rest of Ontario workers.
And it finds visible minority families are three times more likely to live in poverty.
Jordan Smith, a recent graduate of Memorial University in St. John's, takes his job hunt to the streets of Halifax on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (Andrew Vaughan/ THE CANADIAN PRESS)