Labour Policy

— Sep 29, 2022
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The Canadian-Australian Productivity Gap: Comparative Institutions and Policy Settings

The Canadian-Australian Productivity Gap: Comparative Institutions and Policy Settings finds that if Canada followed Australia’s lead in several key policy areas, it could help increase productivity growth and raise living standards for Canadians.

— Sep 1, 2022
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Comparing Government and Private Sector Job Growth in the COVID-19 Era

Comparing Government and Private Sector Job Growth in the COVID-19 Era is a new study that finds the government sector accounted for nearly 9-in-10 new jobs created since the start of the pandemic, and there has been almost no net job creation in the private sector. In fact, after adjusting for population growth, private sector employment in July 2022 was still below where it was in February 2020 before the pandemic struck.

— 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.

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