The Fraser Institute issued this news release on June 4, 2015:
Government employees in Canada paid 9.7% more than comparable employees in private-sector
TORONTO-Government employees in Canada receive higher wages and likely more generous non-wage benefits than their private-sector counterparts, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
"As governments across Canada struggle with persistent deficits and growing debt in the face of ongoing negotiations with public-sector unions, now is an opportune time to scrutinize the compensation of government employees nationwide," said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Canada. read more »
BC Hydro issued this news release today (May 27, 2015):
The BC Building Trades and BC Hydro have secured an agreement on the importance of labour stability on the Site C Clean Energy Project, recognizing that stability is best achieved with a mix of labour representation that includes building trades unions.
The framework allows the project to operate as a managed open site that includes participation from union and non-union workers as well as independent and First Nations contractors.
"This agreement ensures workers from all labour groups can build Site C together and paves the way for the labour stability that I believe British Columbians want as we undertake building the largest hydroelectric project in a generation," said Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro. "It allows for a managed open site and also takes important steps to ensure the BC Building Trades unions will take part in the construction along with all other B.C. workers." read more »
Federal government given mostly "C grades" for quantity / accessibility of labour market information
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release today (May 21, 2015) concerning the federal government's performance on labour market information which, according to the Chamber, helps Canadians find information about jobs and labour market trends and outlooks:
Ottawa, May 21, 2015 - Good information is the basis of good decisions, but when it comes to information about Canada's labour market, the federal government is delivering a poor performance. Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce released How good is Canada's labour market information?, a report card rating the federal government performance on labour market information. It shows a series of mostly C grades on the information Canadian business, educators and job seekers rely on to understand the labour market of today and the future. read more »
Ontario holding public consultations to strengthen Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act
On May 14, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Labour issued the followinig news release concerning public consultations on the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act, 2000:
Province Protecting Workers In The Modern Workplace
Ontario is moving forward with public consultations on issues and trends that affect workers and employers across the province in the modern workplace.
Public consultations about how the Labour Relations Act,1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to keep pace with the changing needs of workers and employers will begin on June 16th in Toronto and will continue
throughout the summer in communities such as Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Guelph, Windsor and London. read more »
BC's new pension standards legislation will come into force on September 30, 2015, announces government
The BC Ministry of Finance issued the following news release on May 13, 2015 regarding the province's new pension standards legislation:
The Province's new Pension Benefits Standards Act (PBSA), which accommodates alternative pension plan designs and improves plan governance, comes into force on Sept. 30, 2015, Finance Minister Michael de Jong has announced.
The new legislation modernizes the existing policy and regulatory framework for B.C.'s occupational pension plans by replacing the current legislation. It has been largely harmonized with Alberta legislation to streamline the operation of pension plans with members in both provinces.
Key benefits of the PBSA include greater access to financial hardship unlocking, enabling the establishment of target benefit plans, and enhanced disclosure and governance of pension plans. read more »