Race, gender remain workplace barriers in Ontario, Census data reveal – Employment equity programs needed to level workplace playing field for visible minorities (Toronto Star):
A new report based on 2005 Census data being released [June 3, 2010], shows that visible minorities in Ontario are far more likely to live in poverty, have trouble finding a job and earn less in the workplace.
Sexism and racial discrimination “pack a double wallop,” for visible minority women who earned 53.4 cents for every dollar a white man earned, said economist Sheila Block who wrote the report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
“The Census data reveals that in 2005, at the height of pre-recession economic prosperity, women from racialized backgrounds working in Ontario faced real barriers to success,” she said. “They earned about half as much as non-racialized men.
When she factored out age, education and immigration status, Block found:
• Workers from visible minority groups faced unemployment rates of 8.7 per cent compared to 5.8 per cent for all Ontario workers.
• Visible minority workers were paid 77.5 cents for every dollar a white worker earned.
• Visible minority families were three times more likely to live in poverty, with poverty rates of 18.7 per cent, compared to 6 per cent for white families.
Another way to look at it is that white men earn $1.87 for every $1.00 earned by a woman of colour, or about 87% more for being white and male. When controlling for age, education, and immigration status, white people earn $1.29 for every $1.00 earned by a person of colour, or about 29% more for being white.
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