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The Issue

Immigrants regularly arrive in Canada equipped with excellent professional skills and knowledge but face significant barriers to employment. Often they fall into poverty as they become stuck in unemployment or low paying “survival” jobs. New immigrants have both higher unemployment rates and lower wages than Canadian-born workers1, despite higher than average levels of education2.

For many immigrants, the barrier that prevents their labour market entry is financial. Often, newcomers cannot access mainstream credit to pay for licensing/training because they lack a credit history in Canada, and have no or low income.


Supporting IAF’s Vision

Watch four IAF championsAmal Umar, Jim Gray, Andreas Souvaliotis, and Bill Youngtalk about the socio-economic impact of IAF micro loans and why they support IAF.

Jim Gray

IAF Advisor and Guarantor

Amal Umar

IAF Founding Board Member

Andreas Souvaliotis

IAF Board Member and Guarantor

Bill Young

IAF Advisor and Guarantor


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Read Immigrant Access Fund’s case for support.
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Donate to help IAF provide micro loans to Canada’s immigrants.

1 Statistics Canada Analysis of the Canadian immigrant labour market, 2008 to 2011
2 Desjardins, Dawn Immigrant labour market outcomes in Canada: The benefits of addressing wage and employment gaps. RBC Economics Research, 2011