Immigrants face higher unemployment than their Canadian counterparts. ( http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/080513/dq080513a-eng.htm )
Background: Why develop CF Tool? (cont’d…)
“ large majority [of newcomers] said their decision about where to settle in Canada would have been affected by information about where they would be more likely to find a job , as well as the cost of living in different cities…”
(2007-2008 Public Opinion Research conducted on the Working in Canada website, 52)
“ the Working in Canada Tool should allow users to derive comparative reports for their occupation across provinces and cities and this should include a cost of living index (rather than wages alone)”
(2007-2008 Report from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges – Canadian Immigration Integration Project, 4)
1) What is your occupation?
Choose from 520 NOC codes
Same interface as the WiC Tool
2) In which language do you want to work?
Opportunity to reinforce the importance of Canada’s two official languages for working
3) Do you want to live in a large or small community?
Three choices will be provided:
Opportunity to highlight that health and social services are available in communities of all shapes and sizes.
CF Tool: 3 Questions to Help Newcomers
By Occupational Demand
Select good, fair, or limited prospects to discover where your occupation is in demand.
By Housing Affordability
By comparing local wages of the client’s occupation to local housing costs, communities are ordered from most affordable to least (housing costs expressed as a % of gross income).
Results can be Refined
Feedback so far…
Feedback: profile additional elements…
More communities & rural communities
Official language minority communities
Relative taxation rates
Costs of utilities and insurance
Available religious worship centres
Commuting distances and times
Challenges: data availability, 1000’s communities vs economic regions.