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Slowing Labour Force Growth in Canada – The country can no longer rely on labour force growth to offset its poor investment and productivity record of recent years

Most projections show that the growth of Canada’s labour force will continue to slow for years, with growth dependent on immigration as our population ages. However, the pandemic has reinforced the fact that projections about the future are inherently uncertain. Already, immigration fell sharply in 2020. The pandemic’s effect on the long-term course of labour … Continue reading

(Update) Pathways and Job Transitions in Canada – OpportuNext, a new free tool

The global pandemic has hit Canada’s employment landscape hard and forced many Canadians to transition to new opportunities in search of stability. Many jobs in industries such as travel, hospitality and retail have temporarily vanished, causing tens of thousands of people to look for new employment opportunities. Helping Canadians adapt to these very real and … Continue reading

Pathways and Job Transitions in Canada – A model

As part of our series on Employability Skills , this primer explains how we determine potential job transitions for Canadian workers considering a career change. We identify potential transitions for Canadian workers seeking new career opportunities that are both viable and desirable. In order to assess potential job transitions, we applied the U.S.-based O*NET occupational … Continue reading

Math Performance in Canada – Results over the 2003 to 2018 period show a steady decline with a relatively stable scores in Quebec

How are Canadian students performing in the strategically important subject of math­ematics? Any useful answer depends on the measures consulted and the standards against which results are compared. Given the exclusive authority over education assigned to Canada’s provincial legislatures, attention must also be given to the relative performance of provincial as well as other national … Continue reading

L’emploi au Québec (mars 2021) – Plus 26 000 (+0,6 %) et le chômage se maintient à 6,4 %

Au Québec, l’emploi a progressé de 26 000 (+0,6 %) en mars, après avoir enregistré une hausse notable en février. Le taux de chômage s’est maintenu à 6,4 %. Dans la RMR de Montréal, où des mesures de santé publique plus strictes sont demeurées en place pendant la semaine de référence de l’EPA, l’emploi a peu varié. Ensemble du Canada La … Continue reading

Career Transitions in Canada – The single biggest obstacle is characteristic similarity

Most Canadians who want to make a career transition have viable and desirable options, especially if they possess, or are willing to learn, the skills, abilities, tools, and technologies required for their destination occupation. Key findings • We identified potential career transitions for Canadian workers using two criteria: viability and desirability. • A viable job … Continue reading

Immigration in Canada – Immigration inflows to raise GDP per capita, not simply increase the population

The primary objective of Canada’s economic-class immigration programs is to leverage immigration policy to boost the economic well-being of Canadians. To do that, we need immigration inflows to raise GDP per capita, not simply increase the population. COVID-19 travel restrictions hobbled Canada’s immigrant admissions in 2020. In response last fall, the federal government revised its … Continue reading

EI after Covid in Canada – Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts (UISA)

Notwithstanding the long history of unemployment insurance programs in Canada, as well as substantial modifications to the programs over time, employers, researchers, and even the current federal government continue to express concerns about the existing Employment Insurance (EI) system. Indeed, in the fall Throne Speech, Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown … Continue reading

Displaced Workers in Canada – Only one in five adopted at least one adjustment strategy

It has been almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, forcing thousands of workers out of jobs in Canada — many of them permanently. Although emergency income-support programs were introduced fairly quickly, they were meant to be temporary. With mass vaccination on the horizon, now may be the time to start … Continue reading

Recovery After Covid in Canada – New spending should target the problems that are holding Canada’s productive capacity back

Any further debt-financed stimulus should be temporary, essential, and targeted to improving the economy’s productive capacity, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. At their most recent meeting, the Fiscal and Tax Working Group discussed what form new fiscal stimulus should take, but remained unconvinced that a large stimulus package is appropriate at … Continue reading

Immigration in Canada – Thousands of skilled workers invited to stay permanently

As we confront the pandemic’s second wave and chart a course for our recovery, attracting skilled immigrants—who bring the talents and skills our economy needs to thrive—is a central part of our plan. With travel restrictions limiting who can come to Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is pioneering new ways to engage those … Continue reading

Labour Shortages in Healthcare in Canada – Some recommendations

This report evaluates factors contributing to healthcare labour shortages and investigates the inter-relationships between access to health services, the number of healthcare providers, compensation rates and migration patterns. Recommendations include a critical and strategic examination of fee schedules for physician services, with the goal of reducing the average cost per service but strategically increasing remuneration … Continue reading

Universal Basic Income (UBI) in British Columbia – Should be the central element of its transfer system experts panel says

2. Report summary Through this report,we endeavour to present comprehensive, consistent, and evidence­ based advice to the B.C. government in response to the tasks set out in the terms of reference. We do this in six parts, which: • introduce our task and provide a summary of the report (Part 1) • present a justice-based … Continue reading

Canada’s Training Ecosystem – A dire need to link the skills acquired through training and education programs to those sought in the job market

The recent Fall Economic Statement made it clear that the government is committed to investing in skills development to help Canadians weather the post-pandemic recovery. But how can we know what training helps to get the in-demand jobs? In a new paper published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Tony Bonen (Labour Market … Continue reading

Automation in Canada – The risk of significant technology-induced unemployment remains low for the near future

Key demographic groups are more vulnerable to job loss through automation than average, according to a C.D. Howe Institute report supported by the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University and the Future Skills Centre. In “The Next Wave: Automation and Canada’s Labour Market,” author Rosalie Wyonch assesses the likely impact of technological automation on Canada’s labour … Continue reading

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