Economic Security

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Ontario’s Economy Boom

Ontario is expected to lead economic growth in Canada according to Canada’s big banks.           Statistics Canada recently announced that Ontario’s unemployment rate is at 5.8% – the lowest it has been in 16 years. Ontario has added almost 100,000 full-time jobs in 2017 and part-time jobs have decreased by 10,200. … Continue reading

Reinventing Home

Soaring real estate prices and a precarious work reality for young people is changing the way that some families are choosing to live. The Toronto Star recently released an article about a family of four who has chosen to re-invent their home to adapt to changing living conditions. Recognizing that it would be impossible for … Continue reading

The Gig Economy

The Traditional Economy is comprised of full-time workers who develop a career, enjoy benefits and generally stay in the same position for a lifetime. The Gig Economy has replaced the traditional model – comprised of flexible, temporary work, employers are leaning toward the hiring of freelancers and independent contractors rather than full-time employees. The Canadian … Continue reading

Employment Rates in Canada

Using data from Statistics Canada, Global News calculated full-time employment rates in 33 Canadian cities to determine which cities had the lowest full-time employment rates. According to their analysis, the city of Saguenay, QC had Canada’s lowest full-time employment rate at 41.9%, followed by Peterborough, ON at 42% and Trois-Rivières, QC at 42.2%. An aging population … Continue reading

Small Business Success

Approximately 40% of businesses in Canada have fewer than 100 employees. It is commonly recognized that small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. A Globe & Mail article highlights the findings of the Scotiabank Global Economics Special Report on Small Business. The report indicates that small businesses have helped with the labour market … Continue reading

Minimum Wage

The Minimum Wage in Ontario is set to increase this fall. On October 1, 2016, the minimum wage will rise from $11.25 to $11.40. Read the announcement. Read Employment E-News – August 2016 – Information You Need to Know   Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca.

Cost of Living in Durham

Did you know that many residents of the Durham Region are living paycheque to paycheque… some are having trouble making ends meet even with full-time employment. The Community Development Council of Durham (CDCD) is on a mission to determine the cost of living in Durham. They will be taking a tour of the Durham Region … Continue reading

1000 New Jobs at GM

Last month, General Motors Canada announced a thousand new engineering jobs in Ontario, including in Oshawa. GM Canada president Steve Carlisle drove into the Oshawa engineering facility with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make the announcement. Unifor president indicates that this is a sign that General Motors is not leaving … Continue reading

Older Worker Program

Are you between the ages of 55 and 64 and looking for career assistance? The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) is a demonstrated successful, 4-week program for people aged 55-64 who are out of work, under-employed, and wishing to be gainfully employed. Attend an Orientation Session to Learn More. View the Event Calendar for … Continue reading

Five Changes to EI

Changes to Employment Insurance are coming… here are five things you may need to know. Employment Insurance is a regionally based system, taking into account local and regional employment-related factors. Twelve of the hardest hit regions across Canada have been identified as facing significant challenges. Measures to the EI system have been applied to aid … Continue reading