Labour Policy

— 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.

— Jul 22, 2021
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Are Our Labour Laws Still Relevant for Teleworking?

Are Our Labour Laws Still Relevant for Teleworkers? finds that many labour policies and regulations in Canada are outdated and incompatible in a post-COVID world. The study also estimates that 25 per cent of working Canadians will continue to work remotely after COVID—although roughly 40 per cent could do so.

— May 6, 2021
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Canada’s Aging Population and Income Support Programs

Canada’s Aging Population and Income Support Programs is a new study that finds from 2020 to 2030, as a result of the growing number of seniors in Canada, the cost of Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement will increase by almost 70 per cent, from $60.8 billion to over $103 billion.

— Apr 22, 2021
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The Implications of Slowing Growth in Canada’s Labour Force

The Implications of Slowing Growth in Canada’s Labour Force is a new study that finds Canada’s shrinking labour force participation rate will likely hinder economic recovery and contribute to rising budget deficits in governments across the country. The percentage of Canadians working or looking for work has continued to drop for decades, predating the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Apr 15, 2021
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Will Cutting Income Tax Rates Create Jobs for Canadians?

Will Cutting Income Taxes Create Jobs for Canadians? is a new study that finds if the federal government reduced the top personal income tax rate from 33 per cent back down to 29 per cent (the rate before the 2016 tax hike), it would facilitate the creation of approximately 110,000 private-sector jobs the following year.

— Mar 11, 2021
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The Minimum Wage, Lost Jobs, And Poverty in Canada

The Minimum Wage, Lost Jobs, and Poverty in Canada finds that, despite claims to the contrary, minimum wage increases do little to lower poverty rates and can actually hurt the very people they’re supposed to help.

— Mar 4, 2021
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Achieving the Four-Day Work Week: Essays on Improving Productivity Growth in Canada

Achieving the 4-Day Work Week: Essays on Improving Productivity Growth in Canada is a new essay series, authored by notable economists and analysts from across North America, that identifies and discusses a set of initiatives that promise to improve Canada’s labour productivity growth rate, which is essential to achieve a 4-day work week without sacrificing compensation. In broad terms, the initiatives identified in these essays promote faster productivity growth by encouraging more investment in physical and human capital, and by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship.

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