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  • Immigrant Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in the GTA: Literature, Data, and Program Review (Dec 2011)

    December 01st, 2011

    Maytree & Metcalf Foundation Release New Report on Immigrant Entrepreneurship authored by Sarah V. Wayland, PhD

     Immigrant Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in the GTA by Dr. Sarah Wayland explores whether self-employment and entrepreneurship is a viable option for lifting new Canadians out of poverty in the Greater Toronto Area.

    The report describes:

    •     Characteristics of self-employment and entrepreneurship amongst immigrants;
    •     Challenges faced by immigrants in starting new businesses;
    •     Existing services, programs and policies available in the Greater Toronto Area for immigrant entrepreneurs;
    •     Lessons learned from other jurisdictions; and
    •     Preliminary observations about the efficacy of existing supports for self-employed immigrants, and gaps in services.

    The research finds that there are a suite of services for entrepreneurs in the GTA, but that there is a paucity of supports targeted towards the unique barriers immigrants face when starting a business. It identifies the need for future research and suggests possible policy and program ideas for various stakeholders.