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The World of Work Now - Employment Brief
Jason Kenney will announce new rules for the temporary foreign worker program in the coming weeks

Monday, May 21, 2014
The World of Work Now Employment Brief

Bank of Canada: Job recovery since the recession not as optimistic as unemployment rates have shown. Unemployment numbers do not take into account many part-time workers who continue to struggle to find full-time jobs after six months of unemployment.

Jason Kenney will announce new rules for the temporary foreign worker program in the coming weeks in hopes to encourage employers to hire Canadian workers first. New measures will include requiring higher pay for TFWs and correlating the unemployment rate with the number of workers allowed to be hired.

Law and policy specialists are urging stricter rules on criminal background checks. Canadians are denied jobs and volunteer opportunities due to "non-conviction information" such as unfounded allegations, suicide attempts, and charges that were later withdrawn.

Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri says that interest rates are likely going to stay low for a long time. He added that lower rates were the biggest challenge for defined pension funds since the financial crisis. Alternative investments in real estate, private equity and infrastructure or purchases and reinvestments of government bonds were some of the measures that Schembri welcomed to counter the effects of lower interest rates.

Magna has cancelled plans for another auto production plant in Canada. Although manufacturing is at a record high in North America, Canadian production costs more than the majority of the United States, so manufacturers increasingly move production and jobs south of the border.

Undergrad business students are losing interest in getting jobs at Canadian banks. A survey by Universum reveals that the industry as a whole fell behind companies in the technology, retail and service industries.

Canada lost 28,900 net jobs in April, delivering the biggest one-month employment blow to the economy this year. The April losses followed a gain of 42,900 net new jobs in March, which means 14,000 jobs were added over the two-month period. It continues a trend seen over the last six months of down then up, and up then down - a see-saw action in Canadian employment.”

Employers around the world are increasingly looking into hiring MBA graduates according to a global survey of corporate recruiters by the Graduate Management Admission Council, which owns and administrates the GMAT exam. 80% of employers intend to hire MBAs this year compared to 73% in 2013 but companies are hiring less bachelor's degree graduates with 74% planning to hire, down 2 percentage points for the 2011 peak of 76%.

Canadian manufacturing sales increased in March, by 0.4 per cent, the sixth increase in 7 months according to Statistics Canada. Year over year, the sector gained 3.5 per cent in sales which led to a post-recession high of $50.92 billion, the largest since August 2008.

Statistics Canada released the three-month average on job vacancies ending in February 2014. The number of job vacancies dropped by 21,000 openings when compared to February 2013. There were seven unemployed people for every job vacancy, up from 6.3 the previous year. The national job vacancy rate for the same period was 1.3 per cent, down from 1.5 per cent in 2013.

Statistics Canada has decided to remove Kijiji and similar websites from the data used to calculate the job vacancy rate bringing it down to 1.5 from 4 per cent.

The B.C. government is now offering a 6-year contract and a signing bonus instead of its initial 10-year contract after the B.C. Teachers' Federation voted at 89% in favour of a strike.

Alberta's job minister and labour leader would like temporary foreign workers to be able to become permanent residents in Canada. Gil McGowan of the Alberta Federation of Labour would like the TFW program to end for low wage jobs because the workers do not have access to resources to help them earn better pay, and in turn, wages for Canadian workers in similar jobs would be kept low.