May 19, 2015

Unions key to middle class economics, says CCPA

OTTAWA—The share of unionized workers in Canada has dropped by only two percent over the past generation, but union representation dramatically affects workers’ ability to move up the middle class ladder, says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Read the full article

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April 1, 2015

Temporary foreign workers in low skilled jobs must leave Canada today

The Canadian Press; OTTAWA—Thousands of temporary foreign workers could be heading to airports to leave Canada today as permits expire for those who have been in the country for more than four years. The Conservative government set April 1, 2015 as the deadline for temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to either become permanent residents

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March 13, 2015

BC increases minimum wage by 20 cents

VANCOUVER—British Columbia announced plans Thursday to increase its minimum wage by 20 cents—the first change in three years—while introducing a system to manage the perennial debate over how much the province’s lowest-paid workers should receive. The minimum wage will increase in September to $10.45. The figure was determined by indexing the rate to B.C.’s consumer

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October 7, 2013

Enticing young people into industry

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—The manufacturing sector needs to become more transparent if it wants to entice young people into the skilled trades and ultimately into factory jobs, four panelists agreed yesterday morning during a discussion at the 2013 Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS). Much of the conversation revolved around finding ways to educate youth about the opportunities

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September 20, 2013

Canadians’ average salary increase for 2014 is 2.6%

Increases are lower than those projected before 2008/09 downturn. TORONTO — Canadian employees can expect an average salary increase of 2.6% in 2014, ahead of some industrial economies but behind the US and UK, according to a national survey conducted by Hay Group. The survey of 500 public and private sector employers in Canada shows

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September 20, 2013

Study shows immigrant workers stuck in precarious jobs after mass layoffs

TORONTO—Older immigrant workers who have been laid off are falling through the cracks of Canada’s employment system, with many of them ending up in temporary jobs with few benefits, a new study shows. The study, An Immigrant All Over Again? Recession, Plant Closures and [Older] Racialized Immigrant Workers, documented the experiences of 78 of the 2,400

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September 20, 2013

Mature workers want to stay on the job, but on their own terms

TORONTO — More than half (57%) of mature workers desire to keep working, but on their terms and 48% are concerned about maintaining their health or that of a loved one as they age, according to the results of a recent study. Second Wind: The Evolving Nature of Retirement, conducted by the Toronto-based human resources

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