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.
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.
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.
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.
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.