Visible minority Canadian men earn as much as a tenth more than white Canadian men, according to a report from Statistics Canada obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter on Thursday.
The report, titled “Comparing Weekly Earnings Of Canadian-Born Individuals in Designated Visible Minority And White Categories,” revealed that weekly earnings among Canadian women aged 25 to 44 years old were comparable across ethnicities but that they varied across men in this age group.
Japanese-Canadian males had the highest-earning weekly paychecks across all ethnicities, earning $1,750, according to the report. This was followed by Korean-Canadian males at $1,720 and $1,680 for South Asian males.
The report said white males ranked fifth on the list, making $1,530 per week. It claimed black males had the lowest-earning weekly paychecks, making $1,120.
“Even among individuals born in Canada sociodemographic characteristics vary considerably across designated visible minority and white categories,” said the report.
Analysts said the research was important in “identifying and addressing inequalities.”
Young white men, said the report, were more likely to marry with children. About 43% of white men were married with children, compared to as few as 15 to 30% of visible minorities, it said.
The report also declared that white men were less likely to have a university degree. Analysts found that 24% of white men had one, compared to more than 60% of Korean and Chinese men, and more than 40% of Arab, West Asian, Japanese and South Asian men.
On the other hand, visible minority men were more likely to live with their parents, remain single and reside in Canada’s largest cities. The report said that 60% of visible minority men lived in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, compared to 27% for white men.
“Even among individuals born in Canada, sociodemographic characteristics vary considerably across designated visible minority and White categories,” said analysts. “Clearly, much needs to be taken into account when comparing weekly earnings across categories.”
The findings of the report – which seem to counter claims of predominant “white privilege” in Canada – also come after a poll in June 2021 suggested that the majority (66%) of Canadians do not believe Canada is a racist country. This compared with 34% of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed that it was.
The poll also found that “equity and anti-racism advocates” were more likely to suspect racism than visible minorities themselves.