Labour Policy

— Jan 16, 2018
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Why the Unemployment Rate is No Longer a Reliable Gauge of Labour Market Performance

Why the Unemployment Rate is No Longer a Reliable Gauge of Labour Market Performance finds that, as Canada’s population ages and more and more Canadians retire and exit the workforce, the employment rate is more reflective of Canada’s labour market. Despite a drop in the unemployment rate from 2008 to 2017, due in part to the shifting demographics, the employment rate also fell from during the same time from 63.4 per cent to 61.6 per cent, indicating declining employment levels.

— Jan 3, 2018
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CEO to Worker Pay: A Broader Examination

CEO to Worker Pay: A Broader Examination finds that despite sensational headlines about CEO salaries, top performers in many industries garner high levels of compensation, including sports and entertainment. For example, the NBA’s LeBron James made $77.2 million (US) in 2016, and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made $64.5 million (US). By comparison, the average compensation for the top 100 CEOs in Canada was $9.5 million.

— Aug 31, 2017
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Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States: 2017 Edition

Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States, 2017 finds that, overall, Canadian labour markets are being outperformed by their American counterparts with all but two Canadian provinces—Saskatchewan (15th) and B.C. (17th)—ranked in the bottom half of the 60 jurisdictions on the index.

— Jul 25, 2017
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The Economic Effects of Banning Temporary Replacement Workers

The Economic Effects of Banning Temporary Replacement Workers finds that prohibiting businesses from hiring temporary workers during strikes and lock-outs—as is the case in British Columbia and Quebec—discourages business investment, which in turn actually lowers union wages and costs jobs.

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