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Job Search in Canada – 12% are looking for a new job while working, 5% 20 years ago

Workers may want to change jobs for any number of reasons, which are not always related to poor working conditions. The criteria used to determine what defines a “better job” differs from one person to another, and evolves through different stages of life. For young parents, for example, their job search could be largely motivated … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, June 2018 – Employment rose by 32,000 and unemployment up at 6.0%

After two consecutive months of little change, employment rose by 32,000 in June. With more people searching for work, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 6.0%. Compared with June 2017, employment increased by 215,000 or 1.2%, with all the growth in full-time work. Over the same period, total hours worked grew by 1.4%. Overall employment was little changed in the first six … Continue reading

L’Emploi au Canada et au Québec, Juin 2018 – Le taux de chômage passe à 6,0 % et 5,4 %

Après peu de variation en deux mois consécutifs, l’emploi a progressé de 32 000 en juin. Comme les personnes à la recherche de travail étaient plus nombreuses, le taux de chômage a augmenté de 0,2 point de pourcentage, passant à 6,0 %. Par rapport à juin 2017, l’emploi a progressé de 215 000 ou de 1,2 %, et cette progression est entièrement attribuable au travail à temps plein. … Continue reading

Canadian vs American Jobs – The skill level is significantly higher in 30 of the 35 areas examined

Increased globalization places competitive pressures on firms heavily involved in international trade. To be successful, firms must be innovative and productive—two attributes that rely greatly on a skilled workforce. Key in the toolbox of productive workers are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. However, STEM skills are often not enough to generate significant productivity … Continue reading

Digital Literacy in Canada – The landscape of opportunities for learning digital skills is fragmented and difficult for some learners to navigate

Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy maps the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada highlights the types of digital skills that people in Canada are pursuing, sheds light on barriers to access, and identifies existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills. The growth of … Continue reading

Unstable and On-Call Work Schedules in US and Canada – One out of six works a schedule that varies primarily according to employer needs

Unstable work schedules are schedules in which the times of work vary and workers have little or no control over that variability, either as individuals or through collective agreements. These schedules are also often called “just-in-time” schedules. Their main attraction for employers is flexibility: the ability to respond to changes in demand and other contingencies, … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, April 2018 – Employment and unemployment were essentially unchanged

Employment was essentially unchanged in April and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8%. On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 278,000 (+1.5%). The increase was due to gains in full-time employment (+378,000 or +2.6%), while part-time work declined (-100,000 or -2.8%). In the 12 months to April, total hours worked were up 1.9%. Chart Unemployment rate The number of employed core-aged women … Continue reading

Labour Market Agreements in Canada – A more inclusive public accountability framework is needed

Workforce development policy in Canada has undergone extensive reforms in the past two decades, often driven by intergovernmental pressures. Many of these reforms, including the transfer of thousands of federal civil servants to the provinces, along with $2.5 billion annually, have occurred largely unnoticed by the public, or even recipients of services. Accountability measures have … Continue reading

Asylum Claims in Canada (2017) – Surged over any point in at least a quarter-century

More people sought asylum in Canada in 2017 than at any point in at least a quarter-century, due in part to a spike in applications from Haitians entering the country from the United States, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Canadian government data. The 50,420 asylum applications Canada received in 2017 were more … Continue reading

Basic Income in Canada – Using the Ontario model would would cost between $76.0 billion and $79.5 billion

The total annual estimated gross cost of the defined GBI would range between $76.0 billion and $79.5 billion for the period 2018-2023. The guaranteed income for disability would range between $3.2 billion and $3.5 billion. PBO forecasts that more than 7.5 million people would benefit from the basic cost of GBI. Thus, on a per capita basis, the annual cost … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, March 2018 – Employment increased by 32,000 unemployment rate was unchanged (5.8%)

Employment increased by 32,000 in March, driven by full-time gains. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%. In the first quarter of 2018, employment edged down (-40,000 or -0.2%), as a result of a decrease in January. Over the longer term, employment has been on an upward trend since the second half of 2016. On a year-over-year basis, total employment rose … Continue reading

Basic Skills of Immigrants in Canada in PIAAC – Lower proficiency scores than the Canadian-born in all three skills

ƒ The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) conducted under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides internationally comparable measures of three skills that are essential to processing information: literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (referred to in this report as PS-TRE).  The OECD’s analysis of … Continue reading

University-Educated Immigrants in Australia, Canada, and the US – Performance advantage in US

Recent years have seen a push in the U.S. and in a number of European countries, including the U.K. and Germany, for governments to adopt `point systems’ for screening prospective immigrants on human capital criteria. The appeal of a `points system’ reflects not only concerns about the potential adverse effects of unskilled migrant flows on … Continue reading

Future of Work in Canada – A skills lab cannot be a solely federal initiative

In the aftermath of the economic crisis, few policy issues have attracted as much attention as skills development. Discussion has focused on the types of skills that employees need to ensure they can successfully navigate an ever-more demanding labour market, and those that employers need to have on hand to help them survive in an … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, February 2018 – Employment was little changed (+15,000) and unemployment at 5.8%

Employment was little changed in February (+15,000). The unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage points to 5.8%. On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 283,000 or 1.5%. All of this increase was attributable to gains in full-time work (+283,000 or +1.9%), while part-time employment was unchanged. Over the same period, hours worked rose by 3.2%. Employment increased in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

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