Ground-breaking New Collaboration Between CCAB and Indspire Reveals New Insights About Indigenous Employment in Canada

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Indspire have launched a joint report exploring how Indigenous post-secondary experiences are associated with entrepreneurship, working for Indigenous employers, and overall labour market outcomes. This report, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, marks the second step in leveraging CCAB and Indspire’s collective data to better understand post-graduation socio-economic outcomes for Indigenous youth and their communities in Canada, forging a strong, collaborative research partnership that has begun to reveal key insights about these outcomes.

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Using data from Indspire’s 2020 National Education Survey (NES) of Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards (BBF) recipients, as well as Statistics Canada’s Census of Population (2016), the study yields some surprising and positive insights. For example, BBF recipients who work for Indigenous employers in Ontario report being more satisfied with their current employment than those working with non-Indigenous employers. On average, they more strongly agree that they feel valued at work, are satisfied with their current employment, that they work the desired number of hours, and that their workplace encourages a healthy work-life balance.

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“This report begins to address the lack of data on Indigenous entrepreneurship and educational success”, says Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. “Through leveraging our data and respective mandates, we can continue to produce new proprietary research aimed at shaping the actions of businesses, organizations, and governments in Canada to better support the educational success, and ultimately, the economic and social wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.”

“Indigenous youth are the fastest growing demographic in Canada and a key part of Canada’s current and future workforce,” said Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. “This report is a first step in the conversation about how to attract, retain, and support this important demographic in all Canadian workplaces.”

“Ontario is proud to support the innovative collaboration between the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and Indspire in developing this report,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “By harnessing the report’s insights and working collaboratively we will continue to enhance the social and economic well-being of Indigenous people in this province.”

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