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More than half of South Asian women in Canada planning to leave their job: Study

March 2, 2022
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — South Asian women have faced some of the biggest job challenges during the pandemic in Canada, and a new study looks more deeply at this group and offers insights into their experiences in the workplace.

More than half of the 700 South Asian women respondents to a survey by CulturaliQ and the Pink Attitude Evolution say they are planning to leave their jobs for other opportunities.

This share is higher than any other group of women in Canada, and 19 per cent more than the average of all women surveyed.

Ruby Dhillon, founder of Pink Attitude, says paying attention to this group is especially important as the Canadian labour force continues to shift and the country relies almost entirely on immigration for population growth.


Statistics Canada says South Asians make up the largest visible minority group in Canada, representing one quarter of all working-age visible minorities.

In July 2020, South Asian women claimed the highest unemployment rate among other groups at 20.4 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

The survey collected responses from 2,200 participants but cannot be assigned a margin of error because online panels are not considered truly random samples.

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