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Job Report in Canada, August 2018 – Employment fell by 52,000 and unemployment up at 6.0%

Following two months of increases, employment fell by 52,000 in August. Part-time employment declined by 92,000 while full-time employment edged up. At the same time, the unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points to 6.0%. On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 172,000 or 0.9%. Full-time employment increased (+326,000 or +2.2%), while the number of people working part-time declined (-154,000 or -4.3%). Over the same period, total hours … Continue reading

Workforce Development with Sectoral Initiatives Program in Canada – A high levels of stakeholder engagement

Alignment with priorities and needs The Program is aligned with the priorities and strategic outcomes of the Government of Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada. The Program aligns with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour’s Mandate Letter, which tasks the Minister with ensuring “Canadians get the skills they need for good quality … Continue reading

Precarious Work Among Skilled Professionals in Canada – 26 per cent work full-time and 60 per cent don’t have a pension plan or RRSP, nor do they get sick pay

Based on a national survey of professionals about precarious working conditions, the first of its kind, No Safe Harbour: Precarious Work and Economic Insecurity Among Skilled Professionals in Canada shows professionals across the country are not immune to the hallmarks of precarious work: no steady income, no pension, no benefits, no sick pay. Even full-time … Continue reading

Job Vacancies in Canada – New heights CFIB finds

The rate of job vacancies rose again in the year’s second quarter to 3.1 per cent, the highest vacancy rate ever observed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s Help Wanted report since the series’ inception in 2004. An estimated 397,400 jobs have sat vacant for at least four months. “Although the national vacancy … Continue reading

Canada – The differences between self-employed and business owners

Entrepreneurial activity has long been argued as an important driver of innovation, job creation, and productivity growth. However, measuring entrepreneurial activity is not easy. Traditionally, many studies have approximated entrepreneurship with a broadly defined measure that includes a heterogeneous group of individuals. They include self-employed workers such as commission salespersons, professionals running unincorporated firms such … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, July 2018 – Employment rose by 54,000, unemployment rate declined to 5.8%

Employment rose by 54,000 in July, driven by gains in part-time work. The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 5.8%. In the 12 months to July, employment grew by 246,000 (+1.3%). These gains were largely the result of growth in full-time work (+211,000 or +1.4%). Over this period, the total number of hours worked rose by 1.3%. Highlights Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland and … Continue reading

Job Search in Canada – 12% are looking for a new job while working against 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

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