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The World of Work Now - Employment Brief

Friday, February 14, 2014
The World of Work Now Employment Brief

The 2014 budget recently announced by Jim Flaherty, included priorities around reducing the price gap between products in the US and Canada, employment for youth, funding for infrastructure and support for the auto industry. Areas to receive major funding:
  • $500 million over 2 years to an Automotive Innovation Fund for R&D.
  • $1.5 billion over 10 years for a Canada First Research Excellence Fund to fund research at post-secondary institutions.
  • $391.5 million over 5 years for highways, bridges, dams in National Parks.

Other key points include:
  • New Canada Job Grant starts April 1, with or without agreement of the provinces and territories.
  • Interest-free loans for apprentices and funding for new internships where skilled workers are needed.
  • There will be no major tax cuts as spending falls for the 3rd year in a row.

64% of Canadians report not having set enough money aside for their planned 2014 RRSP or TFSA contribution according to a poll by CIBC. Although over half of the respondents plan to contribute, only 31% have a regular investment plan for retirement.

RBC: Percentage of young Canadians who own RRSPs hit a 5-year high. The average contribution of those aged 18-34 also increased from $3,104 to $4,329 year-over-year.

Canada gained 29,400 jobs in January as unemployment fell to 7% from 7.2% in December. 50,500 new full-time jobs were created while part-time employment declined by 21,100.

$650 billion to be invested in major resource projects in Canada over the next 10 years, including hydroelectricity, mining, oil sands and liquefied natural gas.

Canada is #2 on Bloomberg’s ranking of the best places to do business, behind only Germany. Increase in rank attributed to low corporate taxes and a weakening dollar giving a boost to exports.

Changes coming to apprenticeship programs across Canada that encourages a unified system. Projects in 2013 were delayed due to skilled workers barred from moving between regions due to area specific requirements.

753,000 jobs to be created in the oil sands by 2025 according to the study Oil Sands Economic Benefits: Today and in the Future as a result of the estimated double digit growth in the industry.

Canadian companies are failing to effectively measure innovation according to the study Metrics for Firm-Level Business Innovation in Canada. The study states that almost 40% of Canadian businesses don't measure the success of their innovation activities.

Compared to 2012, mining investments fell 34% in Quebec in 2013 from $5.13 billion to $3.25 billion. Quebec's provincial statistics agency blames weak gold prices and weaker demand in international markets.

Municipalities in Canada issued less building permits in late 2013. Total value declined 4.1% in December after November saw a 6.6% increase.

Home Depot starts hiring 6,300 new associates in preparation for the Canadian spring season.

32% of employed Canadians have not searched for new jobs in over 10 years while 56% reported their most recent search was over 5 years ago, according to a recent survey.

BMO study: majority of generation X and Y polled plans to retire at age 61. 65% expect a comfortable retirement at the time they choose.

Wage increases for unionized workers at a 16-year low where the average sat at 1.4% in 2013. Collective bargaining may prove difficult in the year ahead as both public and private sector employers aim to maintain austerity and cost-cutting measures.