Ontario’s Growing Gap: The Role of Race and Gender

Census data provides a snapshot of Ontarians’ labour market experience by gender and by racialized group. The 2006 census data clearly illustrate the discrimination experienced by racialized Ontarians in the labour market. Racialized workers have lower incomes than non-racialized workers; they have higher unemployment rates, and they are more likely to live in poverty. This paper compares incomes, labour market experience, and incidence of low income for racialized and non-racialized Ontarians. It also looks at ways in which gender and race interact in labour market outcomes.