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OTTAWA, Aug. 13, 2018 /CNW/ -   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken great strides towards improving its clients' service experience. A reduction in backlogs and processing times is a cornerstone of that work. Today the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, highlighted some of the substantial improvements that IRCC has made over the past year. ...
Toronto remains North America’s fastest-growing technology market, while Ottawa has the largest concentration of tech talent, according to  CBRE ’s annual  “Scoring Tech Talent” report .  “Relative to the U.S., Canada is a cost-effective place for technology companies to operate,” said CBRE Canada executive managing director Paul Morassutti, who noted the low value of the Canadian dollar...
A robust economy and stock market are invigorating consumers’ wallets. Supported by an even stronger economy south of the border, retail in Canada has maintained its uptrend while digesting disruptive technological change. “Retail has never been in trouble in the last few years,” said business expert  Mark Satov , founder of Satov Consultants, in an interview. Retail’s black eyes mainly stemmed from brick and...
Canadian businesses are having a historically hard time finding employees, and the good news for workers is that pay is likely headed up. The latest Help Wanted Report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) showed Canada's job vacancy rate hit 3.1 per cent in the April-to-June quarter this year, the highest rate since the CFIB started tracking this data in 2004. This means that for every 100 jobs in the country,...
The Canadian subsidiary of HSBC Holdings PLC is looking at plunging even deeper into Canada’s retail banking scene following its successful blitz on the mortgage market. HSBC Bank Canada, the country’s seventh-largest lender, has historically drawn the largest share of its profit from its commercial business. The bank has, however, ratcheted up its retail ambitions over the past 18 months, as demonstrated by its undercutting of...
One of my goals as president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) is to promote education and career opportunities in the retail automobile industry. As past chair of the TADA’s Education Committee, I have had the privilege of participating in the planning and strategizing about many education initiatives to promote our industry to youth and millennials. A myth persists that we are only about changing...
The growth of the gig economy is leaving Canadians with more flexibility than ever before, but at a cost to their financial security, according to a new study. The study by BMO Wealth Management  surveyed freelance, contract and other temporary workers about their experiences in those precarious jobs. Citing Statistics Canada, it estimates that 2.18 million Canadians are taking part in some form of temporary work – a number...
The West is out, and government towns are in. That might be an oversimplification of what’s happening with Canada’s regional economies, but it nicely summarizes the results of a new ranking from Bank of Montreal. Economists at the bank ranked 20 cities and Prince Edward Island according to the strength of their job markets, housing affordability and taxes. “There are two key reasons to move,” BMO senior...
Toronto has added the most technology jobs in the past five years and has the fourth-best tech talent market in Canada and the U.S., according to a new report released Tuesday. The report by CBRE Group said Toronto added 82,100 technology-related jobs between 2012 and 2017 to beat out the San Francisco Bay Area for the spot by about 4,270 jobs. The overall ranking of 50 cities by the commercial real estate services firm is based on 13...
OP/ED by Margaret Eaton, executive director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)   For the first time in nearly 15 years, a new government has taken its seat at Queen’s Park. With support from many immigrant communities across the province, Premier Doug Ford was sworn into office as Ontario has overwhelmingly chosen the Progressive Conservative Party to lead us into the next four years. Premier Ford...
The smaller players in Alberta's oil economy — still battered by the bust — are expressing relief and guarded optimism at Ottawa's plan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline. The federal government announced Tuesday it would purchase the pipeline and its associated assets — following a months-long political and court battle between Alberta and B.C. which included a wine ban and a threat to cut...
The nation’s largest retailer wants to help more young people build a career in public service. Walmart announced $2 million in grants to organizations working to expand internship opportunities for diverse youth populations, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). The grants build on previous Walmart funding to the two nonprofits, bringing the company’s total...