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Foreign workers: Ottawa more watchful of abuse

The federal government has filed a bill to tighten the rules on the Temporary Foreign Workers program. Beginning in 2015 it will be able to impose heavy penalties on offending companies.


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Germany and Great Britain, examples for Canada to follow?

Jason Kenney, the Minister of Employment and Social Development, visited Europe in early March. Objective of this trip: to analyze skills-based training systems implemented by Germany and Great Britain. Report on what was learned on a trip that could well find application in Canada.


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New agreements signed for disabled workers

The governments of Canada and the Yukon recently signed new agreements to promote integration of disabled workers into the labour market. A first for the territories.


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North America: Vancouver offers the best quality of life

According to the latest edition of the Mercer study on the quality of life, Canada leads the North American standings with Vancouver in first place. The metropolitan area is also ranked fifth globally. Overview of a survey that allows multinational companies to assess the pay and compensations granted to their expatriates.


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Violence conjugale et milieu de travail : une enquête nationale

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recently launched a national survey on the repercussions of domestic violence on workers and the workplace. Its objective is to provide research data for developing appropriate public policies.


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Ottawa strengthens the rules relating to foreign workers

Until now, officials could not inspect a workplace without authorization. The Canadian government has just changed this by authorizing inspections without a warrant. This new regulation aims to appease Canadians afraid of seeing their jobs “stolen” by foreign workers.


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Enhancements to pension plans

The federal government will not commit to enhancements to the Canada Pension Plans (CPP). This is the conclusion of the meeting between the ministers of the federal government and the Ministers of Finance of the different provinces.


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Updating skills: an employer’s responsibility

Canadians feel that it’s the employer’s responsibility to finance employees’ skills training. This is what the last report conducted by Randstad’s WorkMonitor has found.


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Slightly renewed optimism by Canadian SMEs in October

After a lacklustre spring, SMEs are regaining some optimism. This is what the Business Barometer Index of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) calculated in October.


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American workers to fill skill shortages in Canada

Manpower needs in resources development projects remain unmet. No less than 50,000 jobs remain unfilled, a figure that could double within 10 years. According to a recent study by the Conference Board of Canada, the solution would be to look across the border to hire qualified workers from the United States who specialize in the natural resources sector and energy needs.


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Unemployment figures drop in September

Nearly 12,000 jobs were created in September, bringing the unemployment rate down to its lowest level since 2008, below the 7% threshold. The figures recently released by Statistics Canada are also marked by a decline in the number of young people looking for a job.


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Moderate employment outlook for the fourth quarter

Canadian employers plan to temper hiring for the October to December period. The latest Manpower Survey on employment prospects also suggests that the construction industry forecasts are the highest.


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