Canada Employment

Temper Tantrums in Question Period

Ralph Goodale | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

Last week, Social Development Minister Candice Bergen went off on a flight of fancy with false accusations about the economic record of previous Liber...

Outsource These Five Key Business Functions to Cut Operating Costs

Claudio Nespeca | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Business
Claudio Nespeca

Transferring day-to-day responsibilities for voice and data management to an outside vendor is an immense load off the staff of any growing company. It means not having to worry about hardware and software issues, as well as ongoing technical support, remote monitoring, troubleshooting, repairs and ongoing upgrades.

Who Has Access to Your HIV Test Results?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Q: "I was wondering who is able to access Ontario Ministry of Health lab records. I did a series of tests for a needle-stick injury, and was recently told that I could be discriminated against for a job in public health or insurance. When I looked it up on-line, it appears that insurance companies can access lab records. Is this true?"

How To Use Mentoring As a Business Development Tool

Mary Donohue | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Mentoring is seen as the heated steering wheel in your next car. Nice to have but you could live without it. It's not airbags or anti-lock brakes of the business world. But it can be standard equipment, just as formerly high-end safety features are standard on the cheapest of cars.

Eight Tips For Moms Going Back to Work Post-Baby

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The return to work will be made less stressful if you know that there's someone there that you can count on for support and a friendly ear. Ideally, it would be someone who can understand and empathize with the demands of being a working parent and in an ideal scenario, it may even be your boss.

New Brunswick Ignores Neighbour's Energy Success

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant seems poised to follow through on a campaign promise to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. News reports suggest he'll implement that moratorium before Christmas. Quite a lump of coal for the people of his province in need of additional jobs and higher incomes.

Why Western Canada Has More Money, Jobs and Security Than the East

Mark Milke | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Sort through the statistics and the surprise is how consistently Ontario and Quebec now mimic the weak economic opportunities in the Maritimes instead of the bright economic opportunities available in the West. There's no great mystery as to why. Provinces with substantial private sector investment -- something the West has attracted with pro-entrepreneur policies and by simply saying "yes" to resource extraction in specific -- end up with enhanced employment opportunities, higher incomes and better prospects to enjoy a middle-class lifestyle.

What France Can Learn From Canada's Economy

Mark Milke | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

France's economy saw only a weak rebound after 2009 with real GDP growth rates of about two per cent in both 2010 and 2011 before slowing to a crawl with only 0.3 per cent growth in 2012. In comparison, Canada positively raced ahead, experiencing real GDP growth of 3.4, 3.0 and 1.9 per cent in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

The New West: Money, Jobs and a Flood of Young Adults

Mark Milke | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Question: If you're young, or have very little education, where's the best place in the country to find a job, make a decent income and prosper? Answer: Alberta, followed by Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

10 Great Reasons to Reject Protectionism

Peter Hall | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Will the decades of multilateral effort and untold resources that have been devoted to freeing up global trade flows continue, or will protectionism, international trade's arch enemy, be the recession's enduring legacy? There are at least 10 reasons to speed the death of neo-protectionism.

What Happens When Jobs Don't Need Humans?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

The most urgent 21st century question is how does human civilization manage the transition between where every individual has a job to one where individuals will need to find a useful purpose beyond economic employment. Turning individuals into soulless "pseudo-machines" isn't the answer.

Conservatives Would Rather Cover Their Blunders Than Create Jobs

Emmanuel Dubourg | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Emmanuel Dubourg

Given the country's high unemployment, the Conservatives' small business tax credit comes at a bad time. That's because it's bound to cost the Canadian economy 10,000 jobs in the long term.

How to Recruit Employees to Canada's North

Deborah Nixon | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

In interviews conducted by DPRA with Northern professionals, there were four key issues that were common to all situations: housing, access to training and development opportunities, limited access to services (in smaller communities), and social and lifestyle issues. What are some practical solutions for government employers?

Why Does Canada's Government Punish Working Students?

Travis Gordon | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Travis Gordon

As students prepare to head back to school next week, most people can imagine that they will be focused on studying and writing papers. However, today's students also face a new reality during the academic year: work. Currently, federal student loan policy actually punishes students, should they work 'too much'.

The Three Words That Will Help You Rock Any Job Interview

Caitlin McKay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Living
Caitlin McKay

Interviews are scary. After graduation I felt completely unprepared to answer the question, "why do you want to work here?" However, before one particular interview my dad gave me some advice that really helped me get over my fears. Though I suspect he gave me this advice so I would stop calling him all the time.

Want to Solve Our Underemployment Problem? Talk About it

Jerry Dias | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

People have expressed to me an urgent need to bring the best ideas together to come up with real solutions to us move out from under the dark shadow of long-term chronic underemployment.

Canadians Not Using Their Paid Vacations: Survey

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Business

Summer is generally when employees take off to cottages or vacation abroad, but it seems a growing number of Canadians are reluctant to use their vaca...

Technology Could Enable the Four-Day Work Week

Jon Packer | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Well not exactly. But Larry Page, co-founder of Google, does tell us that working a 40-hour week is an out-moded employment model. He believes that through smart design and technology we could work a four-day week or less. Now, with over $32 billion in the bank it is easy for Page to make such lofty assertions, but he might have a point.

Don't Be Fooled By Harper's "Surplus"

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

Mr. Harper's only imperative is "looking good" for an election in 2015. To him, that means claiming a surplus, not matter how temporary or artificial. Never mind the nation's sputtering economy or tens of thousands of Canadians out of work.

Why Poor People Can't Just "Get a Job"

Janelle Vandergrift | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Janelle Vandergrift

In truth, a good job is a way out of poverty. There are many who long for meaningful work that will give them a chance to contribute to society and earn a decent paycheque. But, it's more complicated than we might think. There are some key reasons why employment isn't the only answer.

Canada's Greatest Future Economic Challenge, According To Kenney

CP | Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A shortage of skilled workers is the biggest challenge many Canadian businesses face today, Employment Minister Jason Kenney told a skills s...

Do You Use All Three Forms of Communication?

Mary Donohue | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

If you can master this skill our research demonstrates that you can increase trust in leadership by 9 per cent in as little as 13 weeks. What does this mean to business higher productivity? Less churn. What does the mean to politicians, the difference between losing and winning, especially in a horse race election like Ontario's.

Law School Grad? You're Going to Need These Job Interview Tips

Faisal Kutty | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Business
Faisal Kutty

As a former managing partner of a small law firm, some of my students ask me for advice about job interviews. This is the first part of an article offering such tips. There is no particular order to the tips. These tips, though catered to law school graduates, may be helpful to all job seekers.

Stunning Number Of Canadians 'Completely Given Up' On Job Hunt

CBC | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Business

Almost four out of 10 Canadians who don't have a job have completely given up hope of ever finding one, a new survey suggests. In a poll carrie...

We Don't Just Need More Jobs, We Need Humane Jobs

Kendra Coulter | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kendra Coulter

Some people may be able to find "a job" but is the pay enough to even cover basic expenses? Are the hours sufficient? Are they consistent? Or is it not only impossible to schedule the essentials of life, but to pay for them? Above and beyond these important, tangible dimensions, do people enjoy their jobs?