The median income of recent immigrants to Guelph is 36-percent lower than the general population.
That’s just one of the findings in a report published earlier this month from the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership.
The organization held focus groups and conducted a survey last fall looking at some of the issues recent immigrants to Guelph and Wellington County are facing in their daily lives. They looked at several issues including accessibility of services, finding jobs, and participating in the community.
Other highlights include:
- 58-percent of the of the immigrants surveyed find housing to be “somewhat affordable” or “not affordable”
- Half of the respondents who were unemployed reported that transportation was a a barrier to employment.
- 42-percent reported not always having access to healthy food.
- And, the top three non-official languages spoken in Guelph are Chinese, Vietnamese, and Punjabi.
The full report is posted at guelphwellingtonlip.ca