More women and seniors are working than ever before as Canada’s labour market sees a rise in part-time employment over full-time jobs, Statistics Canada says.

And immigrants are making up more and more of the workers, accounting for nearly one-quarter of Canada’s labour force in 2016, helping offset the impact of an aging population.

That trend is most obvious in Toronto, where half the work force in 2016 was immigrants, the highest proportion in Canada.

“In response to a series of social and economic changes, the labour force itself is changing,” said Vincent Dale, assistant director of the labour statistics division at Statistics Canada.

The latest census data released Wednesday reveals that between 2005 and 2015, there’s been a shift from full-time, year-round employment to part-time or part-year work.


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