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Unemployment hits new pandemic-era low as jobs recovery rumbles on

Though the job gains in August are a good sign, Canada is still down jobs compared to February 2020. If employment remains subdued, a full economic recovery will take longer than expected. Combined with slower than expected economic growth in the second quarter, that could encourage the Bank of Canada to delay any further tapering to its Quantitative Easing (QE) program next month.

Quick Take  |  2-min read
September 13, 2021
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Skills Development in the North: An Ecosystem Shaped by Distinct Challenges

Occupations and in-demand skills are changing. Two-thirds of workers expect their jobs to be changed by technology every five years. Other forces driving labour market change in Northern Canada include commodity cycles, demographic change, climate change, modern treaties, and Indigenous self-government. Understanding how these changes impact workforce development across Northern Canada requires looking beyond the training institutions that deliver skills for jobs.

Primer  |  30-min read
September 9, 2021
Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities
Client—Future Skills Centre

Labour market gets boost from vaccine rollout: Compensation Planning Outlook 2022

The data briefing for the Compensation Planning Outlook summarizes the results of the Conference Board’s annual survey and forecast. This data briefing will cover the effect of the vaccine rollout and employment.

Online experience  |  8-min read
September 7, 2021
Focus Area—Human Resources

The Borders of Labour: A Profile of the Interjurisdictional Workforce in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut

There is a well-established practice in Canada’s three territories to use interjurisdictional employees to meet regional labour and skills shortages. This need stems mainly from resource development and infrastructure projects. However, there are interjurisdictional employees working in other sectors as well. And while there is a larger proportion of interjurisdictional workers coming into the territories, each territory also supplies labour to other provinces/territories.

Primer  | 30-min read
September 3, 2021
Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities