December 4, 2018
Gains and gaps in attainment and earnings
Almost three in ten young Ontarians – and one in three young men in Ontario – are entering an increasingly demanding labour market without any postsecondary training or credential. This is one of the main findings from a new Mowat analysis of data from the 2016 census.
We also find that only three out of five university graduates in the province have a degree from an Ontario institution, pointing to the importance of migration in developing the province’s human capital. At the same time, immigrants with international degrees lag behind immigrants with Canadian degrees in terms of employment income.
These findings underline a number of policy priorities. It is important to continue to focus on measures to encourage young Ontarians – especially Indigenous youth and youth from Southeast Asian, Black and Latin American communities – to access and succeed in postsecondary education, particularly in university. At the same time, Ontario must also continue to focus on recruiting skilled workers from outside its borders and on further leveraging its education system for this purpose.View PDF
December 4, 2018
A Different Ontario Series
This series of reports takes a close look at data from the 2016 Census to chart the most important trends and to discuss their implications for policymakers. Many of the Census results, such as those related to aging or diversity, have been widely reported. But a closer look at the data reveals both trends that have been overlooked and important nuances that merit more attention from policymakers and the public.
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