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JOB VACANCIES IN CANADA SURGE TO NEW HIGH

Posted in Employment, Inflation, Newsworthy

JOB VACANCIES IN CANADA SURGE TO NEW HIGH

The number of job vacancies in Canada surpassed one million, a new record, in April, as the country’s labour market continued to heat up. Here’s what you need to know: Vacancies Statistics Canada on June 24 reported that employers were actively seeking to fill 1,001,100 positions at the beginning of April, a 2.4 per cent increase from March and a nearly 45 per cent increase from a year earlier. A number of sectors across the country had job vacancies rise, with the average vacancy rate, which...

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TIFF MACKLEM ACKNOWLEDGES MISJUDGING INFLATION, PLEDGES TO ACT ‘FORCEFULLY’ TO BRING IT DOWN

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Industry Trends, Inflation, Newsworthy

TIFF MACKLEM ACKNOWLEDGES MISJUDGING INFLATION, PLEDGES TO ACT ‘FORCEFULLY’ TO BRING IT DOWN

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem acknowledged he and his lieutenants misjudged the strength of inflation at the start of the year, and pledged to act “as forcefully as needed” to make up for the mistake. “(We’re coming) out of the deepest recession we’ve ever had,” Macklem said during testimony at the Senate banking committee late on April 27. “We got a lot of things right. We got some things wrong, and we are adjusting.” To the surprise of many on Bay Street, the Bank of Canada opted...

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SALARY INCREASE MORE IN MULTI-RESIDENTIAL THAN OTHER REAL ESTATE SECTORS ACCORDING TO NEW DATA

Posted in Employment, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

SALARY INCREASE MORE IN MULTI-RESIDENTIAL THAN OTHER REAL ESTATE SECTORS ACCORDING TO NEW DATA

Faced with high inflation, the Great Resignation and labour shortages, companies are continuing to increase salaries this year to attract and retain talent. Hot off the press interesting statistics from Normandin Beaudry, leader in actuarial consulting services and total rewards. Their Salary Increase Flash Survey launched in November 2021, polling 285 Canadian companies, reported the following: Salary freezes this year are planned by less than half a percent of the polled organizations. The...

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TRADE SHORTAGE THREATENS B.C.’S CONSTRUCTION PACE

Posted in Employment, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

TRADE SHORTAGE THREATENS B.C.’S CONSTRUCTION PACE

Many B.C. construction industry businesses held out hope that COVID-19-related job losses in other sectors of the economy might help to relieve some of their labour shortage issues. But a flood of new workers into the building sector never materialized, and the industry continues to struggle with labour supply issues. “In 2020 with COVID we had our first material decline in construction employment,” said Brynn Bourke, executive director at BC Building Trades. In 2019, the year before the...

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CANADA LOST 200,000 JOBS IN JANUARY AS OMICRON HIT HARD

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

CANADA LOST 200,000 JOBS IN JANUARY AS OMICRON HIT HARD

Canada’s economy lost 200,000 jobs last month, according to Statistics Canada, as COVID-19 shutdowns related to the Omicron variant saw many businesses close up shop. The data agency reported Friday that the decline pushed the unemployment rate up half a per cent, to 6.5 per cent. That’s the first increase to Canada’s jobless rate since April 2021. Most of the job losses were concentrated in Ontario and Quebec, two provinces that saw some of the hardest and earliest surges of...

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CANADA INC. BRACES FOR ELECTION WITH CALL FOR GROWTH POLICIES

Posted in Employment, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

CANADA INC. BRACES FOR ELECTION WITH CALL FOR GROWTH POLICIES

Canadian executives are bracing for an election that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to call within weeks. Their concern isn’t what the political leaders will say on the campaign trail. It’s what they won’t. There’s a growing chorus of prominent Canadians who say the nation’s major political parties are neglecting economic growth as an issue. The world’s ninth-largest economy has been plagued by falling investment and weak competitiveness for years. Business groups want to see a...

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THE BANK OF CANADA REMAINS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO KEEPING INFLATION UNDER CONTROL

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THE BANK OF CANADA REMAINS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO KEEPING INFLATION UNDER CONTROL

As the third wave of the pandemic recedes and vaccination rates rise, Canadians are feeling a sense of relief and renewed optimism. But there are also new concerns, including what’s happening to the cost of living. Statistics Canada says the inflation rate was 3.1 per cent in June. That’s above our one-to-three-per-cent target range — and it’s been above our range for three months in a row. Even before the pandemic, we knew Canadians cared about inflation. As part of our process to renew our...

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THE GTA’S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS IS COSTING THE ECONOMY UP TO $8 BILLION EACH YEAR

Posted in Affordable Housing, Employment, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

THE GTA’S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS IS COSTING THE ECONOMY UP TO $8 BILLION EACH YEAR

A new report from the Toronto Region Board of Trade and WoodGreen found that the affordability crisis is costing the GTA economy and GTA employers anywhere from $5.88 billion to $7.98 billion per year. Over a five-year period, this comes out to $29.4 billion to $37.9 billion. There are a number of principal causes for this loss, according to the report, with migration out of the GTA due to unaffordable housing prices being the biggest factor. Workers leaving the area for other regions of the...

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ONTARIO MOVING TO STEP TWO OF ROADMAP TO REOPEN ON JUNE 30

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

ONTARIO MOVING TO STEP TWO OF ROADMAP TO REOPEN ON JUNE 30

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve, the provincewide vaccination rate now surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, and on the recommendation of the the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. “Because of the tireless work of our health care heroes, and the record setting success of our vaccine rollout, we are...

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ONTARIO IMPLEMENTS PROVINCEWIDE EMERGENCY BRAKE

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

ONTARIO IMPLEMENTS PROVINCEWIDE EMERGENCY BRAKE

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks. Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier...

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