Improve Skilled Immigration | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Improve Skilled Immigration

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PhD candidate Nicholas Manuel is helping to improve how the skills of Canadian immigrants are effectively utilized.

We often hear a lot about the importance of skilled immigration in Canada, which means more than just bringing in immigrants with the proper skills. It means making sure they are able to effectively utilize those skills in order to improve the economy. PhD candidate Nicholas Manuel is using his research to ensure that employers are able to effectively value the skills that immigrants bring with them.

“Immigrants tend to not do as well in the labour market as non-immigrants, but why that's the case is relatively unknown. My research sheds further light on what is behind these difficulties.”



Beyond the Research

  • Graduate Student Representative, U of G Board of Governors (July 2018 - June 2019)
  • Co-Chair of Student Senate Caucus, CBE Student Representative, U of G Senate (2017-2018)
  • Department of Economics and Finance Representative, Graduate Students' Association (2017)
  • First place finish in the College of Business and Economics Three Minute Thesis competition, March 2017


  • Sessional Lecturer, Distance Education, University of Guelph
  • PhD Candidate, Economics, University of Guelph
  • MA Economics, University of Guelph
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics (Honours), Mount Allison University
  • Grew up in small town New Brunswick

Research Interests

  • Labour Economics
  • Education Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Current research project: how the skills of immigrants relate to their labour market outcomes