CPP contribution hikes penalize workers, dampen the economy

When the government makes employment more expensive, the sure result is fewer jobs

CPP contribution hikes penalize workers, dampen the economyThe federal government began 2019 by taking a bigger bite out of workers’ paycheques: the combined employer and employee Canada Pension Plan payroll tax rose from 9.9 per cent of earnings to 10.2 per cent. It’s the first of five annual payroll tax hikes. By the time the CPP tax hike is fully phased in, a…

Lowe’s Canada on a hiring spree across Canada

Lowe’s Canada on a hiring spree across CanadaLowe’s Canada announced Wednesday it is looking to fill more than 6,350 full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions across the country this spring. These positions are in addition to some 150 positions currently being staffed in connection with the completion of the consolidation of Lowe's Canada's operations at the head office in Boucherville, in the Greater…

Breaking down barriers between retail employers and potential staff

Suzanne Sears of Best Retail Careers International specializes in social media recruitment that’s responsive and effective

Breaking down barriers between retail employers and potential staffSuzanne Sears is president of Best Retail Careers International. What do you do? Sears: I solve staffing problems for retailers. What is the biggest challenge facing retailers in finding staff? Sears: What retail leaders tell me most often is that they cannot find highly skilled staff willing to work at the prices they feel they’re…

Kim Orlesky puts passion at the forefront of sales

KO Advantage Group stresses tenacity, integrity and creativity in its sales training program

Kim Orlesky puts passion at the forefront of salesKim Orlesky is a sales coach, author and speaker. What is KO Advantage Group and how was it started? Orlesky: KO Advantage Group is Canada's fastest-growing sales school. Back in 2014, I made the bold choice to quit my corporate job and travel the world for six months. When I came back, I decided if…

Swob turns the student job hunting dynamic on its head

Co-founder Stephanie Florio talks about plans to expand the concept, which runs through an app

Swob turns the student job hunting dynamic on its headStephanie Florio is co-founder of Swob. It operates in the Toronto area but has plans to expand the concept to other areas. What is Swob and how did it come about? Florio: Swob is designed to make job searching for students easy and recruitment even easier. Using their smartphone, students looking for a job can…

The gig economy poses hurdles but offers big potential

An advantage of working on your own is that there’s no ceiling on how much money you can make

The gig economy poses hurdles but offers big potentialMoving into a new year is a good to time to plan ahead. But it’s become difficult and even frightening to do so in our work lives. Jobs are disappearing. People are being replaced by robots and other forms of automation. And it’s not just mechanical tasks, but also higher-level white-collar work like medical diagnosis…

Athabasca Oil chopping 25% of head office staff

The sector is still a long ways away from permanent solutions, says company president Robert Broen

Athabasca Oil chopping 25% of head office staffAthabasca Oil Corp. announced on Tuesday that it has undertaken a number of actions to enhance its competitiveness and resiliency. It has introduced a streamlined corporate cost structure that consists of a 25 per cent reduction in head office staff effective immediately and 10 per cent rollback in salaries for executives and directors. The company did…

Entry wages of immigrant tax filers in Canada on the rise

The wages of immigrants increase with the number of years spent in Canada across all admission categories: StatsCan

Entry wages of immigrant tax filers in Canada on the riseStatistics Canada reported on Monday that immigrants admitted to Canada in 2015 earned the highest entry wages of any cohort admitted since 1981. The federal agency said the median entry wages of immigrant tax filers admitted in 2015 was $25,400 in 2016, with the previous high $24,800 for those admitted in 2014. Median entry wages…

Employment in Canada shifts away from full-time jobs

And the share of employees belonging to a union declined from 38% to 28%: StatsCan

Employment in Canada shifts away from full-time jobsA report out Friday by Statistics Canada indicates a shifting trend in the country’s labour landscape. “Since the early 1980s, total employment has shifted away from full-time jobs. The share of all employees aged 17 to 64 working full-time declined from 87 per cent in 1981 to 84 per cent in 2018. But while full-time…

Building a good corporate culture starts at the top

Organizational psychologist Laura Hambley talks about how to make workplaces and people more productive and engaged

Building a good corporate culture starts at the topLaura Hambley is an organizational psychologist based in Calgary. She is president and co-founder of Work EvOHlution, founder of Canada Career Counselling and president/founder of the Leadership Success Group. What is Work EvOHlution and what does it do? Hambley: Work EvOHlution helps leaders, teams and individuals thrive when working apart. We are a team of…

Getting it done is better than getting it perfect

Lessons for the world from the logging camp and why binding many individuals together in the common cause is so important

Getting it done is better than getting it perfectMy first job on my first day at Juskatla logging camp in 1969 was spreading gravel around a shed that housed firefighting supplies. I can still remember my old-school woods foreman, Ed Anderson, telling me how to do the rather obvious task. “You see that f---ing pile of gravel over there, and that wheelbarrow, rake…

New Brunswick’s ban on fracking must be overturned

Investment makes workers more productive, creates better jobs and drives income growth. Fracking offers a simple, safe solution

New Brunswick’s ban on fracking must be overturnedBy Matthew Lau and Marco Navarro-Genie Atlantic Institute for Market Studies The new government in New Brunswick faces no shortage of challenges. One of the most important to address is the dearth of business investment in the region. Hydraulic fracturing offers a solution. On a per capita basis in 2017, investment in non-residential structures, machinery,…

Many Canadian women fear job loss because of technology

Women employed in the manufacturing sector feel the greatest vulnerability

Many Canadian women fear job loss because of technologyCanadian women see themselves as risk-takers and innovators in the workplace but many fear they will lose their jobs to technology within the next decade. Those are the results of a survey conducted by Randstad Canada, which is in the business of staffing, recruitment and human resource services. “Canadian women see themselves as innovators and…

Bad public policy chokes out economic growth

Nova Scotia's continued ban on fracking isn't supported by evidence. And it has severely curtailed spending and job creation

Bad public policy chokes out economic growthWith an estimated 1.6-plus-trillion cubic feet of natural gas under foot, Nova Scotian policy-makers are choking out economic growth potential with bad public policy. Their hasty decisions regarding the not-so-new technology of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking, which has been around since the 1950s) were justified by claiming to have been based on incomplete, unavailable or…

Bombardier slashing 5,000 jobs

Massive restructuring program also includes sale of non-core assets and new emphasis on technology

Bombardier slashing 5,000 jobsMontreal-based Bombardier, an aerospace and transportation giant in the industry, announced on Thursday that it was slashing 5,000 jobs from its global workforce. In a news release reporting its third quarter financial results, the company said the reduction in staff will take place across the organization over the next 12 to 18 months, “leading to…
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