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Earnings and Incomes of Canadians Over the Past Quarter Century, 2006 Census: Incomes of families

Low income rate much higher for recent immigrants

The low income rate was much higher for recent immigrants than for those who had been in the country a number of years.

For immigrants who arrived in Canada in 2004, the after-tax low income rate was 34.1%. This was more than three times higher than the corresponding rate of 9.7% for people born in Canada.

However, this gap closes with every additional year an immigrant has lived in Canada. For immigrants who had been in Canada for 10 years, the low income rate was 20.2%. After 15 years of residence, it dropped to 16.3%.

Immigrants who have been established in Canada for very long periods tend to be older. As census data have shown, low income rates for older people are lower than those for the population as a whole.

Table 24
After-tax low income status of immigrants by number of years since immigration, Canada, 2005

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