Employment rates, of people aged 25 to 54 in Western Canada, by Aboriginal identity

Lower employment rates among Aboriginal people in Western Canada

  • Since 2004, the Labour Force Survey has provided up-to-date data on the labour market activities of Aboriginal people in Western Canada (excluding reserves). In 2007, the employment rate among Aboriginal people continued to lag behind that of non-Aboriginal people. The employment rate for non-Aboriginal people aged 25 to 54 living in the West was 84.7%, while it was 71.4% for Aboriginal people.

  • The 2007 Labour Force Survey shows small increases in the employment rates from 2004 to 2007 for the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations in Western Canada.

  • Among the Aboriginal population, labour market outcomes for Métis and First Nations1 people in Western Canada were very different. From 2004 to 2007, First Nations people living off-reserve had lower employment rates than the Métis. However, the off-reserve First Nations population has experienced increases in employment rates (61.3% in 2004 to 65.7% in 2007), while employment rates of Métis people remained unchanged during the same time period.

Chart O.4
Employment rates of people aged 25 to 54 in Western Canada, by Aboriginal identity, 2004 to 2007

Chart O.4 Employment rates of people aged 25 to 54 in Western Canada, by Aboriginal identity, 2004 to 2007

Notes:
Excludes Indian reserves and settlements.
For 2004 only, the annual average is based on April 2004 to March 2005.
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey.


Note

  1. Respondents self-identified as 'North American Indian'; however, the term 'First Nations people' is used throughout this report.
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