MA Research Paper


Master of Arts




Dr. Patrick Denice

Delay of Publication



Previous research on the experiences of immigrants within foreign labour markets produce mixed findings. In this study, I utilize the February 2020 Canadian Labour Force Survey to address three questions. First, does possessing a higher education ensure that individuals will earn higher weekly wages? Second, for early to middle-age workers is there a gap in weekly wages based on educational attainment between immigrants and non-immigrants.? Third, does higher education protect against precarious work equally for immigrants and non-immigrants? Findings suggest that as an individual’s highest level of educational attainment increases, so does their weekly wage earnings, on average. Furthermore, the findings show that immigrants at differing levels of educational attainment, may earn greater weekly wages than non-immigrants with a bachelor’s degree. The findings show minimal support regarding the protections higher education may have against an individual’s employment in a precarious occupation.

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