Ontario adds 9,100 Jobs in December

Employment in Ontario increased by 9,100 in December — bolstered by gains in construction and professional, scientific and technical services.

On an annual average basis, the total increase in Ontario’s employment in 2016 was 76,400. The majority of these new jobs are full-time positions, in the private sector and in industries that pay above-average wages. Continue reading “Ontario adds 9,100 Jobs in December”

Certified tradespeople say Ontario budget bill threatens jobs

People who work in trades with compulsory certification say a provision in the Ontario budget bill would weaken the Ontario College of Trades — and open the door to uncertified labourers taking the work of electricians, plumbers and pipefitters.

There are more than 50,000 workers in the 20 trades covered by the College of Trades.

Brett Maclean is a certified journeyman electrician who works in Ottawa and specializes in fire alarms.

“That’s a life safety system. I need to be qualified,” he said. “There’s checks and balances to make sure that I can touch the system and no one else can.”

Continue reading “Certified tradespeople say Ontario budget bill threatens jobs”

Minimum Wage Changes for Ontario

Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual employees, or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary. Some employees have jobs that are exempt from the minimum wage provisions of the ESA. See “Industries and Jobs with ESA Exemptions and/or Special Rules” for information on these job categories.

Compliance with the minimum wage requirements is determined on a pay period basis. Continue reading “Minimum Wage Changes for Ontario”

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.

Continue reading “Canada’s Best City To Find A Job? Guelph, Ontario, According To BMO”

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.

Continue reading “Temporary foreign workers isn’t as uncommon in Niagara”

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.

Canadian economy returns to quarterly growth amid signs of weakness
Solid U.S. job gains make Fed likely to hike interest rates
“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.”

Continue reading “Canada sheds 35,700 jobs in November, unemployment rate up to 7.1%”