A new report based on 2005 Census data being released today shows that visible minorities in Ontario are far more likely to live in poverty, have trouble finding a job and earn less in the workplace.

Sexism and racial discrimination “pack a double wallop,” for visible minority women who earned 53.4 cents for every dollar a white man earned, said economist Sheila Block who wrote the report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

“The Census data reveals that in 2005, at the height of pre-recession economic prosperity, women from racialized backgrounds working in Ontario faced real barriers to success,” she said. “They earned about half as much as non-racialized men.

“There’s no doubt the situation is worse today.”

Statistics Canada, in its 2008 report on income from 2005 Census data, found that recent immigrant men earned 63 cents for every dollar earned by Canadian-born men. Recent female immigrants earned just 54 cents.