Friday, October 11, 2013

Immigrant Entrepreneurship


I have a student who’s looking for information about immigrant entrepreneurship and immigrant-owned businesses. I’ve contacted the agency that processes business registries in SK to see if they keep such stats, but I’d like to find out if there’s a national source as well.

There are a few different Sources to look at:

-Feng Hou and Shunji Wang's article "Immigrants in self-employment" may be of use. This study uses the 20% sample files of the 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 censuses, and the combined May and November files of the 2006 to 2010 Labour Force Survey (LFS) to calculate the share of the self-employed among all employed workers. The selected sample consists of individuals who were employed in the week prior to the census or in the LFS reference week. Institutional residents and persons living in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut were excluded. Immigrants who arrived in the census or survey year and individuals whose immigration status were not identified in the LFS were also excluded....

- "The Immigrant Labour Force Analysis Series" - This series of analytical reports provides an overview of the Canadian labour market experiences of immigrants to Canada, based on data from the Labour Force Survey. These reports examine the labour force characteristics of immigrants, by reporting on employment and unemployment at the Canada level, for the provinces and large metropolitan areas. They also provide more detailed analysis by region of birth, as well as in-depth analysis of other specific aspects of the immigrant labour market.

SME Business Owner Characteristics from Industry Canada