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Government employees in Canada paid 9.7% more than comparable employees in private-sector

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 »

Federal government given mostly "C grades" for quantity / accessibility of labour market information

Jurisdiction: - All

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 to Launch Public Consultations on Labour Laws

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Labour issued the following news release on February 17, 2015:

Ontario to Launch Public Consultations on Labour Laws

Province Aims to Address the Changing Workplace

This spring, Ontario will launch public consultations on the changing nature of the modern workplace. 

The public consultations will focus how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to best protect workers while supporting businesses in our changing economy.

Workplace trends that will be examined include:

-Greater workplace diversity.

-The increase in non-standard working relationships such as temporary jobs, part-time work, and self-employment.  read more »

New union discussions by Communications, Energy and Paperworkers, Canadian Auto Workers reach milestone

Here is a news release issued yesterday (May 24, 2012) by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) concerning their efforts to join forces and create a new national union in Canada:

The joint CEP/CAW Proposal Committee has reached an important milestone in creating a new national union, coming to a consensus on a possible structure for the organization featuring a strong regional presence.

The Proposal Committee was established by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Canadian Auto Workers union to develop a plan for a new national union, which would be the largest private sector union in Canada representing more than 300,000 members.

Following four days of meetings last week in Toronto the Proposal Committee, made up of eight representatives from each union, reached consensus on a plan that establishes a "robust regional presence" and outlines how the new union could be run.  read more »

BC unemployment rate at 6.2% in April, down from 7% in March

The Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey for April 2012 is out and contains the following statistics of interest:

British Columbia

  • The unemployment rate declined from 7% in March to 6.2% in April 2012. 
  • Continuing an upward trend that began in February 2011, employment in British Columbia increased by 20,000 in April.
  • Compared with 12 months earlier, employment growth was 2.1%, the third-highest of all provinces.
  • Since the unemployment rate peaked at 8.7% in February 2011, it has gradually declined to 6.2% in April.

National  read more »

Canadian Human Rights Commission "Cautions Employers on Rights of Aging Workers"

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The Canadian Human Rights Commission issued a news release on March 26, 2012 that "Cautions Employers on Rights of Aging Workers". The release reads:

On December 16, 2011, the Government of Canada repealed the section of the Canadian Human Rights Act that permitted federally regulated employers to impose mandatory retirement in some circumstances.

This measure was included in the Budget Implementation Act, which also stipulated a one-year transition period before the repeal of section 15 (1) (c) of the Canadian Human Rights Act takes effect.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has received inquiries and is aware of media commentary about employers seeking to take advantage of the transition period to force employees to retire before they are ready to. While there is no evidence that this is taking place, the Commission believes it is prudent to caution any employer that might be considering such action to think again.  read more »

BC gains 8,900 jobs in April 2011; unemployment rate dips from 8.1% to 7.9%

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

Statistics Canada issued its April 2011 Labour Force Survey today. Key stats for British Columbia in April (as compared to March) were:

  • a gain of 8,900 jobs; 
  • a dip in the unemployment rate from 8.1% to 7.9%.

Nationally:

  • employment rose by 58,000 in April, mainly in part time. 
  • the unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 7.6%. 

Canada’s first national whitepaper on telework published

Today marks the publication of what is being called Canada's first whitepaper to address telworking.

The paper - "WORKshift Canada: the bottom line on telework" - was prepared by Calgary Economic Development, in collaboration with the Telework Research Network.

The April 18, 2011 news release trumpeting the paper's publication sets out the following stats:  read more »

Top Issues Facing BC Employers

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

Vancouver based law firm Bull Housser Tupper has published its "Annual List of Top Issues Facing BC Employers" (December 30, 2010). In order, the five issues are:  read more »

"The Facts on Wages and Jobs in B.C." as of October 2010

Topics: - Workforce Trends
Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC government issued another instalment of "The Facts on Wages and Jobs in B.C.". The mini-report, which was issued on October 10, 2010 and is based on Statistics Canada numbers, states that:  read more »