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Labour Market

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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

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

Demonstrate One Thing During Interviews

The economy that we once knew has shifted. Interviewing has changed too. In this labour market, It comes as no surprise that employers are looking for candidates with specific attributes. Specifically, employers are interested in hiring candidates that can demonstrate RELEVANCE. Responding to interview questions is not about getting it right or wrong but rather … 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

Canada’s Federal Budget 2017

The Liberals released the Federal Budget last month – the overall theme was to strengthen the middle class. The Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, indicated that the plan’s objective is to grow employment opportunities for Canadians and ensure that Canada is innovative and globally competitive. Investments will be made in training, skills and innovation, public and green … Continue reading

No. 1 Job Skill You’ll Need

The nature of work is changing rapidly. Job loss due to automation is on the rise – millions of jobs are at risk of being displaced. American businessman, investor, author, television personality, and philanthropist, Mark Cuban, has a lot to say about the future of work. Mark Cuban claims that even in-demand positions like computer … Continue reading