Today’s post continues our analysis of Statistics Canada data on immigrants across Ontario’s economic regions. Today we focus on the predominant sectors of immigrant self-employed within each region.
“In Ontario, the agriculture sector has the highest share of immigrant self-employment businesses in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region. 40% of self-employed immigrants there work in the agriculture/forestry sector, far higher than any other region, and more than 11 times the provincial average”
In more detail
Foundational Data Blog #8 showed, for each economic region, the industry sector with the largest number (and the highest share) of self-employed immigrants. Here we show, for each industry sector, in which economic region the given sector has the highest share of self-employed immigrants. For each industry sector, Table 17 shows which economic region is relatively most specialized in that industry sector in terms of the type of enterprises operated by self-employed immigrants.
Ontario’s top three economic regions for agriculture/forestry sectors are…….
For example, it is the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region where farming has the highest share of immigrant self-employment businesses (Table 17 which is derived from Table 16c). As shown in Table 16c, 40% of self-employed immigrants in this region are working in the Agriculture/forestry sector, far higher than any other region, and more than 11 times the provincial average of 3%! The region with the second highest share is the Northwest (15% of self-employed immigrants) and third is the London region with 13%. These figures show the remarkable variations across regions of Ontario.
Ontario’s top economic regions with sectors supporting agri-food value chain success are……….
Construction enterprises have the highest share of immigrant self-employment businesses in the Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula economic region, and Ottawa has the highest share of self-employment immigrant enterprises in professional services. There are 3 sectors where the Toronto economic region has the highest share of self-employed immigrants working in the given sector:
- Wholesale trade
- Information and cultural industries
- Finance and insurance.
The Northwest economic region also has 3 sectors with the highest share of self-employed immigrants working in the given sector:
- Real estate and rental and leasing
- Arts, entertainment and recreation services
- Other services.
 This sector includes enterprises such as performance arts (e.g. theatre, dance and music), spectator sports, individual artists, agents and managers for artists, athletes and entertainers, gambling services, golf courses, skiing centres, marinas and fitness centres.
 “Other” services includes: the repair and maintenance of vehicles, equipment and appliances; hair salons; funeral homes; dry cleaning services; etc.
- What accounts for the prevalence of self-employed immigrants working in Agriculture in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region?
- Are any of these research results surprising? Explain.
Sarah Wayland, Principal Investigator and
Tables created by Ray Bollman