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Labour Market

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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

Millennial Labour Market

The Globe and Mail recently surveyed young people to ask them about their experience in the Labour Market. Millennials report that their job search is frustrating, tough, and difficult. Based on responses provided, 23.4% of millennials between the ages of 19 – 30 have precarious work; 21% are working more than one job; and 31.9% … Continue reading

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

Durham Business Count

Every year, the Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department and its municipal partners conduct a Business Count in Durham. Business establishments in the Durham Region were visited by the Business Count Team between May – Sept 2016. Basic data was gathered to determine analytics including top sectors in the region, how many … Continue reading