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Skills in Ontario – A need for a robust and responsive skills development ecosystem that helps people

The nature of work in Ontario is changing rapidly and to help build the resilience of individuals and businesses, as they prepare for the future of work, the next provincial government needs to strengthen the design and delivery of skills development in Ontario. Ontario’s skills development ecosystem needs to deliver Ontario needs a robust and … Continue reading

Ontario (and Quebec) – Lagging behind on GDP per person research finds

A new study that compares average incomes in Ontario, Quebec and eight American states in the Great Lakes region finds that in 2020, Ontario’s GDP per person trailed neighbouring Michigan by over $6,000, and in fact, Ontario lags the regional average GDP per person by $19,219 or 32.7 per cent. By global standards, Ontario is … Continue reading

Job Transitions in Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Ontario – The single biggest obstacle is “characteristic similarity”

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Ontario’s tourism and hospitality sector hard, with significant job losses and reduced prospects for near-term recovery. As part of the Tourism and Hospitality Emergency Response project initiated by the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation, Conference Board researchers examined 48 tourism-sector occupations and found that they have an average of nine potential … Continue reading

Skills and Workforce Development in Ontario – 3 Promising development practices

In When Training Works: Promising workforce development practices, authors Metcalf Innovation Fellow Danielle Olsen and John MacLaughlin seek to deepen our understanding of how to connect job seekers to good jobs by illuminating the work of innovators – NPower Canada, Building Up, Elevate Plus Manufacturing, and ACCES Employment – who are leading the way in … Continue reading

COVID, CERB and Social Assistance in Ontario – Reinstating benefits to those who lost them after receiving emergency relief payments

Ontario’s indecision over how to treat federal income support for workers on social assistance during the COVID-19 crisis has caused at least one person with disabilities to lose his benefits, including drug and medical coverage, the Star has learned.“We’ve been warning the government this would happen,” said Kyle Vose, co-chair of the ODSP Action Coalition … Continue reading

Construction Workers in Ontario – Retaining employees in the skilled trades

Compared to workers in most other sectors in Canada, construction workers are happier, more satisfied, and more fulfilled. Many regard their own occupations as practically ideal for them:  The wages and benefits are excellent.  It challenges their body and mind.  They are always learning.  They find their work stimulating.  They … Continue reading

Québec vs Ontario – Le marché du travail s’est davantage amélioré mais …

Dans la majorité des cas, le Québec a récemment effectué un virage plus marqué que l’Ontario par rapport à sa propre tendance historique. Par rapport à sa moyenne des 20 dernières années, le Québec s’améliore globalement plus vite que l’Ontario depuis trois ans en ce qui a trait aux indicateurs retenus. La performance récente du … Continue reading

Higher Education in Ontario – A province-wide assessment of core transferable skills that focuses on literacy, numeracy and critical thinking

Ontario’s postsecondary education system would be best served by a set of performance metrics that would measure, among other things, the skills students acquire during their studies, the link between programs and job success, and institutional financial performance, argues a new paper by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. In the 2019 budget, the … Continue reading

Postsecondary Students Perceive Skills Gap in Ontario – The largest gaps in transferable skills in leadership, teamwork and creative/innovative thinking skills

Ontario students perceive gap between skills learned in postsecondary and those needed in the workplace Postsecondary students perceive a gap between the skills they think they will need in their future careers and those they are developing while in university or college, according to a survey conducted by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario … Continue reading

Higher Education in Ontario – One-quarter of graduating students score below adequate on measures of literacy, numeracy

One of the first major attempts to measure employment-related skills in university and college students on a large scale shows that students are experiencing some gains in literacy, numeracy and critical-thinking scores over the course of their undergraduate studies. Yet, one in four graduating students scored below adequate in measures of literacy or numeracy, and … Continue reading

Higher Education in Ontario – Going beyond simply balancing the books

Sustaining the quality of higher education goes beyond simply balancing the books As Ontario universities and colleges struggle to deal with rising expenses and stagnant revenues, academic quality risks being compromised, argues a new report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). The paper reviews the findings of HEQCO’s previous evidence-based analyses of … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in Ontario – Low-income Individuals and Families Tax (LIFT) credit will provide fewer benefits to Ontarians than cancelled minimum wage increase

Peter Weltman, Financial Accountability Officer of Ontario, has just released a commentary Comparing the LIFT Credit to a Minimum Wage Increase. “The LIFT credit will provide fewer benefits to minimum wage workers than increasing the minimum wage from $14 per hour to $15 per hour,” says Weltman. The Province introduced the LIFT credit to provide … Continue reading

Active Labour Market Programs in Ontario – A need to better tailor job programs

About 450,000 Ontarians are on social assistance, costing the province $2.8 billion annually, according to a new study from the C.D. Howe Institute. In ‘Assessing Active Labour-Market Programs: How Effective is Ontario Works?’ authors Jason Adams, Ken Chow and David Rosé examine the success of various Ontario Works programs in getting welfare recipients back into … Continue reading

Ontario – Employment programs have not kept pace with the changing labour market

In Working Paper 29, The labour market shift: Training a highly skilled and resilient workforce in Ontario, the Institute examines Ontario’s changing labour market and skills, employer-driven training, and government skills training programs. Ontario’s labour market has changed. For Ontarians to remain resilient in face of this change, they must be equipped with skills that are transferable … Continue reading

Express Entry in Ontario – Cut-off scores as low as 350 and candidates targeted in this draw were required to have a job offer in Ontario

A new targeted draw through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream on August 9 issued 947 invitations to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 350. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program says the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score range for this latest draw was 350 to 439 and those issued Notifications of … Continue reading

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