Barry Edmonston - Press Release Immigrant Homeownership

"Canada's immigrants do not differ from the Canadian-born in the transitio to homeownership" - Press Release September 11, 2014

Since the 1980's, the size of the immigration population has grown and its ethnoracial composition has become increasingly diverse. This has led to concern about the adaptation of immigrants to Canada. 

In a recent study in Canadian Studies in Population, Barry Edmonston and Sharon Lee, professors in the University of Victoria, used data from the 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 censuses to examine patterns of homeownership among immigrants. Their study asked if immigrants are less likely than the Canadian-born to be homeowners and whether recent immigrants are less likely to own a home than earlier immigrants.

"Homeownership is a key dimension of immigrant integration," according to Edmonston and Lee. The authors explain that "homeownership indicates economic progress" as well as "a commitment to life in Canada."

For a summary of the research, please see; Population Change and Lifecourse Cluster Research Brief: Homeownership Trends Among Immigrants