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Labour Market

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Bill 148: New Labour Laws

Bill 148 – The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act is not just about a $15/hour minimum wage increase. Following a lengthy review process, Ontario’s Liberal government has made sweeping changes to provincial employment and labour law. Labour Minister Kevin Flynn indicated that although the Ontario economy is doing very well, not everyone is prospering. Minister … Continue reading

Soft Skills for Success

A recent Child Trends Report, Key Soft Skills that Foster Youth Workforce Success examines workplace outcomes and the connection to soft/human skills. Strong evidence indicates that the following five skills increase workforce success among youth ages 15 to 29. 1. Social Skills 2. Communication Skills 3. Higher-order Thinking 4. Self-control 5. Positive Self-concept Visit ChildTrends.com … Continue reading

Wage Increases

Ontario Raising Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour. The new increase, which will be implemented in phases, is intended to help 8.9% Ontario’s employees. At $15, a full-time, 40-hour-week job would pay $600/week or $31,200/year, compared to $23,712 at the current minimum wage of $11.40. Over the past three years, Ontario’s economy has outperformed all … Continue reading

Human Skills Needed

Traditionally described as soft skills, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and communication are becoming increasingly important skills for the new work world. The Business Council of Canada conducted a survey of major employers in Canada. The survey indicates that although there are gaps in technical areas, hiring managers are primarily interested in candidates with strong soft … Continue reading

Hot Labour Market

In August, Canada’s jobless rate fell to 6.3% – the lowest its been since October 2008. Canada’s Labour Market has seen continuous growth with an eighth straight employment increase adding 10,900 jobs in July, according to Statistics Canada. This past year has seen the biggest 12-month gain since 2007 with 387,600 jobs – primarily in … Continue reading

Innovative Co-op Students

Employers are always looking for ways to drive business innovation. According to a recent Globe and Mail article, carefully managed projects to hire resourceful, innovative and tech-savvy co-op students can catalyze innovation in business. Recently, five students were paired with five CIBC Mellon employees in an incubator space. Their mandate was to identify business opportunities … Continue reading

Best Job Prospects

If you live in Ontario and you are you looking for a career with strong employment prospects, you may want to consider the field of nursing. An analytical report released by Emsi identified the top job trends in the province. At the top of the expected job gains are positions in the field of health. … Continue reading

Fast Growing Tech Sector

Toronto is the fastest growing North American talent tech market according to a new report released by a commercial real estate and investment firm in Los Angeles – CBRE. The ability to attract and grow talent tech talent was ranked amongst fifty US and Canadian city markets. This year, Toronto moved to 6th place from … Continue reading

Where do Residents Work?

Executive Director of the Durham Workforce Authority, Heather McMillan, recently reported on the type of occupations held by Durham Region residents. The trends for the Oshawa CMA (including Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington populations) follow trends related to employment by occupation in the GTA and in the province. A steady increase in trades, transport and equipment … Continue reading

Employment Standards Act

The Changing Workplaces Review – Final Report outlines proposed amendments to modify Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995. Intended to address the changing Labour Market, an independent review proposes 173 legislative changes to labour relations and employment standards. The public consultation involved research and a wide range of expert input. For … Continue reading