Visible minorites were also found to have a higher unemployment rate, of 8.6 per cent in 2006 compated with 6.2 per cent for white Canadians.
The figures show that equal access to opportunity eludes many racialized Canadians.
From 2000 to 2006 the income of white Canadians grew 2.7 per cent while racial minorities experienced a 0.2 per cent slide in average pay.
Sheila Block, an economist, says the prosperity gap betweeen white and non-whites in Canada is largely the result of racial disrimination.
Block says, “It’s an issue that’s in someways is inconsistent with how we perceive our society. But it’s there, and it’s something that we have to address and have a public discussion.”
Is this Canada’s dirty little secret? That we have a racism problem just like Americans have one?
Should we have a public debate about racism in Canada?
Is there racial discrimination in Canada?
What do you think?
This morning Catharine and I are leaving for an 11-day cruise in the Carribean. I am not sure how regularly I will be able to blog but I will do my best.
Best wishes to all our bloggers. Neil