From the article we read:
The rags-to-riches immigrant stories Canada has been bred on don't work anymore...given the increasingly fragile economy, many of the standard methods of dealing with newcomers are making their lives worse.
"The whole argument that, like they did in the `60s and `70s, immigrants will start off in survival jobs and move to stable jobs – that doesn't happen," said Patricia Landolt of the Centre for Urban and Community Studies at the University of Toronto
"Rather than wait around while we create an underclass, we need to deal with this now."
Systemic discrimination cannot be blamed for this as implied by the following:
And not just for immigrants, she added. As of 2006, more than 40 per cent of all workers in Ontario worked in low-wage service jobs.
It appears low waged service jobs were the cause of the alleged labour shortages in Ontario and across the country. How about that? Toronto has become 50% visible minority and 50% immigrant because Tim Hortons needs people to serve coffee. How's that for nation building?
The study also found:
Despite an immigration policy designed to lure "the best and the brightest," education had no impact on whether immigrants ended up in a precarious job. The only thing that made a difference was the ability to speak English.
Temporary foreign workers "set the floor on how far down you can push everyone else," said Landolt.
On-the-job training helps improve immigrants' working lives, but government education and training strategies don't have much impact.
More than 75 per cent worked in non-union jobs and more than 70 per cent worked only part-time. Sixty per cent had weak or vague contracts. More than a third were paid cash.
The study created an index of precarious work that factors together various measures (benefit deductions, full time work, how wages are paid) under a single index which taken together "result in jobs that are dirty, dangerous and difficult". You can find the study here.
Some of the study's findings are not new. It has been known for quite a while that an immigrant's ability to fluently communicate in either of Canada's official languages was key to his or her success yet the majority of immigrants to Canada cannot speak English or French. It is also well understood that temporary foreign workers have a negative economic impact on wages and that government programs designed to assist immigrants in finding work seems to only create work social workers than to find work for anyone else.
Unions should also take note that immigration is an attack on union strength in this country so why are union leaders and the NDP silent on demanding lower immigration targets when it is apparent Canada accepts too many immigrants?
The Toronto Star's bias against any negative news of the immigration system was apparent in the treatment it gave this study. For one thing it is difficult to dismiss it as racist or right-wing reactionary propaganda since it was a joint effort between researchers at the University of Toronto and York University, two schools that are more often than not cheer leaders of immigration and multiculturalism.
So it buried it on the bottom right of page 4 in the "Greater Toronto" section of the paper. The only other thing the paper could do if it really wanted to punish it was to not report on it at all so to the paper's credit at least it didn't do that. Mind you, this was published in a print edition where the trivialities of a feud between hair salons in upscale Yorkville was deemed important enough to give it the front page headline. It seems the grand social transformations and negative economic consequences of Canada's immigration system are not worth much of the paper's consideration nor that of Torontonians. The hair salon dispute attracted 96 comments whereas the immigration study attracted a mere 7. That's right. Torontonians are more opinionated about a hair salon dispute than the traffic congestion, population density, social fragmentation, and increasing poverty and crime that mass immigration is bringing to the city. This is just another reason why Toronto deserves less seats in Parliament, not more.
The next day the Toronto Star gave front page headline attention, and more ink, to the inconsequential details of an Indian family who immigrated to Canada 40 years ago and achieved the "Canadian dream".
Is the paper intentionally publishing pro-mass immigration propaganda in the wake of the study's negative conclusions? I don't know but it is coincidental and suspicious. After all these stories, which are not real news, are the positive mirror images of, say, reports involving black criminals. In both cases due to the frequency of reporting the individual at the centre of the story tends to typify those of their community but in the latter case it is unwanted and unintentional. A news report of a black man shooting a gun does not typify all black males and it is wrong to do so in one's mind. Likewise an "immigrant success story" does not typify all immigrants and it is wrong to assume it does. Doing so does more harm than good because it causes one to think that there is nothing wrong with the immigration system preventing us from doing anything to fix the real problems that do afflict it.