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WORLD OF WORK NOW

Employment Brief

The World of Work Now - Employment Brief


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


Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reports Canadian Employers Foresee a Modest Hiring Climate for the Second Quarter of 2014. Job Prospects Strongest in Construction and Transportation & Public Utilities.

Conference Board of Canada: Canadian organizations lag behind others in placing workforce development and learning as a priority, resulting in business competitiveness declining year after year against other countries.

Student debt in Canada grew 44.1% between 1999 and 2012. At an average of $27,000 debt per student, compounded by a slow job market after the recession, youth “are increasingly delaying major life milestones due to the rising costs of education,” according to a study by TD Bank.

New health and safety requirements are coming for Ontario employers. All companies must ensure that workers and supervisors complete the new occupational training by July 2014.

Canada’s main exchange, the TMX Group is opening an office in Singapore. The group is planning on expanding its business opportunities in Asia for the Toronto Exchange and the Montreal Exchange.

According to a report by BMO, long-term fixed mortgage rates may soon be considered more cost-effective than variable rates for homebuyers as the Canadian economy shows more signs of improvement.

Nearly 28% of Canadian youth aged 15-24 are underemployed. More than 80% of jobs created last year were part-time work. Although Statistics Canada tracks certain figures regarding underemployment, economists urge for them to be highlighted in the monthly Labour Force Survey as the world of work has very much evolved from a rigid, full-time vs. part-time model.

Alberta’s Finance Minister Doug Horner has decided not to remove early retirement options for workers in the public sector. The rules will instead extend the age for early retirement from 55 to 60 years for employees with 30 years of service.

Minimum hourly wages in the Yukon will rise from $10.54 to $10.72, effective April 1. The Fair Wage paid to workers on government-tendered construction contracts will also increase by 1.7 per cent.

Air Transat has declared that a lower Canadian dollar has offset the profits it would have earned from more Canadians flying to the U.S. to escape this year’s harsh winter.

British Columbia is racing to amend its taxation framework and not lose investment dollars to other countries. Top international gas producers such as Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell have said that the province needs to make its framework more competitive before they start investing in the LNG projects on the Canadian West Coast.

Alberta was the only province with net new jobs created in the past 12 months. According to Statistics Canada, job gains in other provinces were not statistically significant.

International Experience Canada program criticized for not requiring employers to prove a shortage of Canadian talent exists before hiring professionals overseas. Union leaders’ also concerned employers would use the lower wages paid to international workers as the new standard when hiring Canadian workers.

Canada and South Korea reach free trade agreement. Vast majority of tariffs between the two countries will be lifted or phased out. While the Canadian agriculture sector enthusiastically welcomes the deal, the auto sector worries domestic manufacturers will struggle even more.

The federal government is looking into defining "substantially gainful occupation" into the law to allow for more transparency and consistency in setting benchmarks for CPP disability benefits.

RBC’s Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) increased to 52.9 in February thanks to an increase in the ratio of exports to imports.

CP Rail, the second largest rail operator, is buying back up to 5.3 million in shares as the company has been hitting its long term goals ahead of schedule.

Staples to shut 225 stores in U.S. and Canada by 2015; Staples Inc., the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, forecast a fall in current-quarter sales as it loses customers to mass market chains and e-retailers.


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