Labour Policy

— Jul 28, 2022
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An Aging Population: The Demographic Drag on Canada’s Labour Market

An Aging Population: The Demographic Drag on Canada’s Labour Market is a new study that finds the employment rate for Canadians between 15 and 64 years of age (working age) is at a historic high, but the overall labour market has yet to fully recover from the pandemic-induced recession due to the continued aging of the country’s population.

— Jul 12, 2022
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The Canadian-Australian Business Sector Productivity Gap: A Sectoral Analysis

The Canadian-Australian Business Sector Productivity Gap: A Sectoral Analysis is a new study that finds Australians enjoyed higher labour productivity growth than Canadians due largely to improvements in their mining and energy sectors. Critically, Australia experienced an improved labour productivity per worker, on average, by 1.6 per cent every year, compared to Canada's 1.3 per cent annual growth.

— Apr 21, 2022
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Barriers to the Labour Force Participation of Older Workers in Canada

Barriers to the Labour Force Participation of Older Workers in Canada finds that if governments in Canada want to help seniors who want to continue working, they should remove barriers that discourage them from remaining in the workforce.

— Jan 18, 2022
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The Misery Index Returns

The Misery Index Returns is a new study that finds of the International Monetary Fund’s 35 most advanced economies, Canada has the 6th worst Misery Index score due to the country’s higher inflation rate coupled with higher unemployment.

— Dec 9, 2021
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Returning to Normalcy: Unemployment and Seasonality in Atlantic Canada

Returning to Normalcy: Unemployment and Seasonality in Atlantic Canada is a new study that finds while there have been some improvements in the labour market in the Atlantic provinces, seasonal employment and unemployment remain higher in Atlantic Canada than the national average, and Ottawa’s proposed changes to labour policy could set the region back further.

— Oct 28, 2021
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Who Earns the Minimum  Wage in Canada?

Who Earns the Minimum Wage in Canada? is a new study that finds despite misperceptions, raising the minimum wage would do little to reduce poverty in Canada. That’s because 92.3 per cent of minimum-wage earners in Canada don’t live in low-income families. In fact, the majority of minimum-wage earners in 2019 (the latest year of available data) were teenagers or young adults aged 15-24, many of whom live with their parents or other family members.

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