Labour Policy

— Oct 22, 2020
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Achieving the Four-Day Work Week

Two new essays—Putting Government on a Financial Diet: The Role of Statutory Fiscal Rules by Jack Mintz, president’s fellow at the University of Calgary, and Government Size and Economic Growth: An Overview by Livio Di Matteo, professor of economics at Lakehead University and a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute—note that the federal government’s budget deficit and mounting debt, and the overall size of government in Canada, will discourage economic productivity and the possibility of a four-day work week.

— Aug 13, 2020
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The Issues Facing Canada's Employment Insurance Program

The Issues Facing Canada’s Employment Insurance Program is a new study that finds the current design of Canada’s employment insurance program creates regional disparities, distorts labour markets, provides inadequate coverage for part-time workers and the self-employed, and will impose a financial burden on Canadians.

— Jul 16, 2020
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Distribution of CERB: Estimating the Number of Eligible Young People Living with Parents

Distribution of CERB: Estimating the Number of Young People Eligible and Living with Parents finds that young people living at home with their parents in households with at least $100,000 of income are eligible for as much as $11.8 billion in Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) payments. Crucially, many of these young, dependent Canadians could actually see a significant increase in their monthly income by receiving CERB payments.

— Jun 23, 2020
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Extended Employment Insurance Now Open to All: Atlantic Canada’s Warning for Other Provinces

Extended Employment Insurance Now Open to All: Atlantic Canada’s Warning for Other Provinces finds that as unemployment rates increase and Canada’s employment insurance (EI) program automatically becomes more generous and accessible, many more people are now qualifying for much more generous benefits. This will add to Ottawa’s financial pressures and also risks increasing long-term unemployment, as was experienced in Atlantic Canada.

— Jun 11, 2020
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Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Canada, 2020

Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Canada finds that public-sector employees in Canada—including municipal, provincial and federal government workers—received 9.4 per cent higher wages, on average, than comparable workers in the private sector in 2018, and also enjoyed more generous pensions, earlier retirement, more personal leave and greater job security.

— Jun 3, 2020
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Reducing the Work Week Through Improved Productivity

Reducing the Workweek Through Improved Productivity finds that Canadians could enjoy a four-day work week by 2030—and actually work fewer hours—without sacrificing living standards or income if productivity increases by two per cent per year over the next decade.

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