Canada’s Best City To Find A Job? Guelph, Ontario, According To BMO

If someone you knew needed a job fast, where would you advise them to move? A few years ago you probably would have said Alberta without thinking about it. Today, things aren’t so clear.

But the latest edition of BMO’s regional labour market reports card gives us some idea where to look.

And the best place right now? Guelph, Ontario. The small city about 90 km west of Toronto topped the list for its “robust job growth, population inflows, a puny 4.2 per cent jobless rate and the highest share of the population that is working,” BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote.

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Temporary foreign workers isn’t as uncommon in Niagara

The use of temporary foreign workers isn’t as uncommon as people might think. The recent controversy over the Royal Bank of Canada outsourcing technology jobs to temporary foreign workers has caused a media storm, but here in Niagara some of the area’s bread-and-butter sectors have benefitted from offshore workers.

Doug Birell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, said it’s been about five years since the company had to use the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program.

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Canada sheds 35,700 jobs in November, unemployment rate up to 7.1%

The Canadian economy lost nearly 36,000 jobs in November as the armies of part-time workers hired for the October federal election were let go.

Statistics Canada says the number of public administration jobs fell by 32,500 last month, almost matching October’s increase in the same category.

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“The November decline in public administration was seen across all provinces,” Statistics Canada said. “The decrease was concentrated among survey interviewers and statistical clerks, an occupational group that corresponds with the type of work done during the election.”

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