Economic Issues Impacting Single Parents Trying to Gain Employment in Quebec

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The sad truth is, there are far fewer opportunities for career advancement for women of color in a white-dominated Western country. The average salary for immigrant women in Quebec is $37,000 (Statistique Quebec, 2021). As 13.4% of Quebec’s immigrants are from African countries, many of them are potentially earning this amount of income from their current jobs.

13.4% of Quebec's immigrants are from African countries.

Many of these women seek a job/career that offers a higher earning potential, but it may be challenging due to some of the barriers to career advancement for women of color in Quebec.

For immigrants in a new country, it can take an average of 5 years to secure a position.

It can take an average of 5 years before many find a secure posting. The age of the individual immigrating and how much education they’ve received can play a factor in this time period they averagely have to wait for to find a secure job (Afrique au Féminin, 2021).


Afrique au Féminin. (2022, February 2). Immigration awareness: Helping women find a new life in Quebec: CanadaHelps – donate to any charity in Canada. CanadaHelps. Retrieved April 13, 2022, from

Institut de la statistique du Québec. (2021, August 17). Employment rate and income of Québec women: What are the differences between immigrants and non-immigrants? Institut de la Statistique du Québec. Retrieved April 14, 2022, from

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