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The World of Work Now - Employment Brief
Monday, May 12, 2014
The World of Work Now Employment Brief

Unemployment Rate across Canada, April 2014

Canada 6.9%, NL 12.1%, SK 3.4%

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Canada Summer Jobs 2014: the federal government announced a new program to help 35,000 students across Canada to gain skill, experience and income while helping employers address shortages.

The federal government will provide up to 3,000 full-time paid internships to post-secondary graduates in high-demand fields such as STEM and the skilled trades through several programs such as the Youth Employment Program.

Canada lost 29000 jobs in April. Most of the losses were in Quebec with the province losing 32000 jobs while Ontario gained 26 000 jobs. The national unemployment rate remains at 6.9%.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak declared that Ontario has the lowest number of trades people of all the provinces because of the Liberal government’s policy of limiting the number of apprentices that can be trained. Hudak added that Ontario can create 200 000 skilled trades jobs with community college courses and more apprentices.

Canada’s auditor general Michael Ferguson makes recommendations to improve Statistics Canada’s job data. Location of vacancies should be localized beyond the provincial level, and current job classifications are too broad, providing limited value to industry analysis.

Federal minister Jason Kenney outlines new initiatives for the construction sector including new grants for apprentices, the new Canada Apprentice Loan, and mandating contractors to report on the number of apprentices and their trade used in their contracts to promote apprenticeship involvement among employers.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne submitted a proposal for a new pension plan called the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan that would supplement the Canadian Pension Plan. Employers and employees would contribute 1.9 per cent of the employee’s annual income up to $90 000.

The B.C. government recently invested $160 million in a 10 year plan targeting jobs in the trades called "B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint". The program aims to reach an annual invest of $400 million in 4 years to attract high school students towards high-demand skilled trades jobs.

Canada's auditor general has warned Ottawa that public sector pensions may pose a significant risk to the government’s financial standing. The report found that in 2012-2013 public sector pensions had $72.2 billion in assets and $152.2 billion in net liabilities. As a result, the pensions added $ 9.2 billion to Ottawa's public debt.

More than 1/3 of workers around the world left their job because of a stressful environment. In France and the UK, people were more likely to change jobs because of stress (48%). In Canada and the U.S., the percentages were respectively 44% and 42%. In India, 19% left their job because of stress.

Statistics Canada recently released the top 5 occupations over a period of 10 years for women aged 25 to 34. In 1991, elementary and secondary school teachers were the top 2 jobs for women in this age group with a university degree. In 2011, elementary school teachers remained the top occupation but the number of registered nurses had outweighed the number of secondary school teachers.

The Quebec government is asking Ottawa to grant the province an exemption on the moratorium on the food services’ access to the temporary foreign worker program. Quebec's immigration minister Kathleen Weil is scheduled to meet her federal counterpart Chris Alexander on Monday.

Workopolis : Job hopping is the new norm with only 30% of respondents holding on to their jobs for more than 4 years. 51% of respondents have been at the same job for less than 2 years.

The Federal Court of Appeal rules that Canada Border Services Agency discriminated against an employee based on her family status and must allow her to work on a fixed schedule to accommodate for childcare needs. Employers and workers across Canada could be affected if the case goes to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Canadian fashion retailer Jacob will close all stores in the country, affecting 1,500 jobs.