Immigration survey highlights emerging issues and trends

Wellington County Warden Dennis Lever (centre left) and Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie hold copies of the 2016 Immigrant Survey Report during a meeting of the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Leadership Council on June 12.

Wellington County Warden Dennis Lever (centre left) and Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie hold copies of the 2016 Immigrant Survey Report during a meeting of the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Leadership Council on June 12.

Guelph, Ont., Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Earlier this month, the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) released the results of its 2016 immigrant survey.

Last fall, the GWLIP gathered information through focus groups and an anonymous, voluntary survey to better understand the issues that Guelph and Wellington County immigrants face in relation to accessing services, finding jobs, and participating in the community.

The survey was open to immigrants to Canada (including citizens, permanent residents, refugees, international students, and caregivers) who have been in the country for 10 years or less and, at the time of the survey, living in Guelph or Wellington County.

The findings, which include the demographic and economic makeup of the immigrant community in Guelph and Wellington County, indicate that recent immigrants are doing well, but there are still areas that need improvement.

Report highlights include:

  • The majority of survey respondents are typically chosen for their high level of education, skills, work experience and language proficiency in English or French
  • The top three non-official languages spoken in Guelph are Chinese, Vietnamese and Punjabi
  • 71 and 78 per cent of immigrants report “very good” or “excellent” physical and mental health respectively
  • 42 per cent of immigrants surveyed reported not always having access to healthy food
  • 58 per cent of immigrants surveyed find housing to be “somewhat affordable” or “not affordable”
  • 50 per cent of unemployed immigrants reported that transportation was a barrier to employment
  • The median income of immigrants in Guelph is 36 per cent lower than the general population

The full report, including sector-specific highlights, is posted at guelphwellingtonlip.ca. The results will inform strategic planning of the GWLIP and help to provide an overall picture of how successful Guelph and Wellington County are at welcoming and supporting immigrants.

The GWLIP is funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada and hosted by the City of Guelph. For more information, visit guelphwellingtonlip.ca.

For more information

Dipti Patel
Project Manager
Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership
519-822-1260 extension 2635
dipti.patel@guelph.ca