The Hub for Canadian Women in STEM

INSTITUTE OF GENDER & THE ECONOMY

Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto promotes an understanding of gender inequalities and how they can be remedied – by people of all genders – in the world of business and, more broadly, in the economy.


Research Grant

Compounding Losses: Labour struggles of immigrant women in STEM

Nadia Caidi, Faculty of Information (iSchool) & Saadia Muzaffar, Founder TechGirls Canada

 

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Among university graduates in Canada aged 25 to 34, immigrant women are twice as likely to have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree as Canadian-born women (23% versus 13%). Yet, immigrant women face some of the highest levels of labour market challenges in Canada across indicators, including: unemployment rate, wage gap, part-time employment, and low-income rate. We seek to document the complex gendered "work-finding" hurdles for immigrant women in STEM fields in order to begin examining the Loss on Investment (LOI) being absorbed by the Canadian economy due to this untapped talent.