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It's been a wild decade in Alberta. We're used to booms and busts in this province but, even by our standards, the past 10 years have been a roller-coaster — down, then up, then down again. And now, sort of back up. We're just starting to emerge from the grips of the latest recession, so the previous one may seem like a lifetime ago. But it took no small toll on Alberta, either. Some industries saw heavier job...
Canadian employees are less loyal to their employers than their global counterparts, and more than three-in-five Canadians have 'wandering eyes', according to findings from the newest Evolution of Work study conducted by the ADP Research Institute®. The research, which polled more than 5,300 employees and 3,200 employers across 13 countries, showed that only 57 per cent of Canadian employees feel loyal to their...
Foreign caregivers will not be eligible for permanent residence if they have not accrued two years of employment by Nov. 29, 2019, according to a notice posted by the Immigration Department. The federal government is currently reviewing Canada’s two programs for foreign caregivers — one for those caring for children and the other for those caring for adults with high medical needs — and has yet to decide whether to...
It’s a great time to be looking for work as a receptionist, an accountant or a forklift operator in Canada. These are among the top 15 most in-demand jobs in 2018, according to staffing and human resources service company Randstad. They join the usual top job prospect fields of IT project manager and software engineer. “Manufacturing is booming and then logistics follows that, along with engineering,” Carolyn Levy,...
Government funding to hire summer staff at religious summer camps in Alberta may not come through after changes to the application process require organizations to express respect for "reproductive rights." Religious groups such as the Southern Alberta Bible Camp say they can't agree to that.  "We don't believe that abortion is right and we're being told that in order to be able to access these grants we...
Part-time work was on the rise in the province during the past year.  Full-time jobs are down 3,600, whereas there are 3,900 more part-time jobs, according to Statistics Canada.  Regina's Kath O'Malley doesn't have full-time employment; instead, she is a "gig economy worker." She has both a journalism and teaching degree, and spent years living around the globe. Now she primarily works with web...
As principal of the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou Campus in Stellarton, Dave Freckelton makes a point of keeping his finger on the pulse of Nova Scotia’s job needs. It’s crucial for him to see students trained for positions that they can get jobs in after they graduate. In the past (such as when TrentonWorks was operating full tilt), the NSCC had welding courses offered 24 hours a day to help meet the demand. Other...
British Columbia has become Canada’s leading province for film and television production, surpassing Ontario for the first time, according to a new report from Canadian Media Producers. B.C. has long been known as Hollywood North, but in truth, despite a nickname that makes it seem like the giant of Canada’s film and TV industry, it has never been the busiest province when it comes to media production. Ontario has always...
With the unemployment rate in  Canada  at 5.9%, the lowest it's been in nearly a decade, employers are finding it difficult to recruit top talent in many professional occupations. In a recent survey from global staffing firm  Robert Half , 51% of CFOs said it is at least somewhat challenging to identify skilled workers for current job vacancies. CFOs were asked, " In general, how challenging is it for your company to find...
Now that all the talk of trendy New Year’s resolutions has died down, it’s a good time to start reflecting on serious career-oriented resolutions for 2018. Last year, only  4.1% of Americans  cited “find a better job” as a resolution while 5.3% said they wanted to “learn something new”. It’s time to change that! If you’ve been thinking about making a career shift and are afraid to take...
Bosses say they want to hire  team players . Or at least, 78% of them say that they do, according to a recent  survey  from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Indeed, the ability to be a  part of a team  appears to be the most coveted trait when it comes to hiring, more than any other attribute, including a strong work ethic. Makes sense: Even the hardest workers can fail if they don’t ...
Eighty pro-choice and human rights groups including Oxfam Canada have signed an open letter applauding the government’s move to require all groups seeking funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to sign an attestation stating they support Canadian constitutional rights as well as the right to reproductive choice. The letter, coordinated by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and National Association of Women and the Law...