Economic-class immigrants, who gain entry into Canada primarily in recognition of their marketable skills, education, work experience and official-language fluency; family-reunification immigrants… and refugees. Statscan data show that skilled workers in the economic class earn very close to the national median after two years in the country, but family-class newcomers earn, on average, more than 40 per cent less… Government-sponsored refugees earn more than 60 per cent below the national median.
Policy Contextposted February 4, 2017 / No Comments
Canada still lags behind other countries when it comes to stemming the flow of hidden money… last June [Britain] required corporate registrations to include the names of real company owners… rather than just front men or women. The records are listed in an online database that can be viewed by anyone, bringing much more transparency to the system… it’s high time for Canada to follow suit and make “snow washing” a lot more difficult.
Policy Contextposted January 30, 2017 / No Comments
Employees lose $45 million in potential earnings each week because legal loopholes exclude them from basic workplace rights like overtime pay, holiday pay, vacation pay and even minimum wage, a government-commissioned study shows… That is because the province’s employment legislation… contains more than 85 special rules that exclude some jobs from minimum standards.
Policy Contextposted January 23, 2017 / No Comments
Arguments over the efficacy of subsidies to business aside, taxpayers at least deserve to know how much of their money is granted, loaned and repaid – including how the loans perform. The answers are increasingly difficult to obtain… The Access to Information Act needs revision. Its current version and its interpretation lead to this costly, non-transparent reality: Taxpayers must pay for corporate welfare. They are not permitted to know key details.
Policy Contextposted January 21, 2017 / No Comments
“if globalization is to benefit the majority, strong social protection programs must be put in place.” … They include changes in labour laws and employment insurance to better protect those in “precarious” work, as well as strengthening health protection with such badly needed measures as pharmacare. Social programs built in an era of long-term employment and work-related benefits must be refashioned to meet the realities of the new economy.
Policy Contextposted January 4, 2017 / No Comments
Thousands of mothers who have been waiting for the Liberals to keep their campaign promise to pay them the Employment Insurance sickness benefits they were entitled to under the law… four years of fighting… has left the government with a hefty and climbing legal bill. You and other taxpayers have spent $2.2 million so far, to prevent women from collecting the EI sickness benefits that they paid for and were legally entitled to.
Policy Contextposted December 28, 2016 / No Comments
… temporary work has seen the most growth since 1997, particularly in services sectors such as health and education. Part-time employment has grown in line with total employment and seen an increase of 30 per cent between 1997 and 2015… Governments looking to reduce the incidence of non-standard work should be wary of heavy-handed legislative interventions and focus instead on bolstering social policy frameworks.
Policy Contextposted October 24, 2016 / No Comments
Given that Europe and Canada both offer reliable, respected court systems, there is little reason to insist on investor-state dispute settlement rules at all… expanded trade should not require Canada to face increased health care costs (as would result from CETA’s extension of patent protections) or Europe to confront changes to various food and safety regulations.
Policy Contextposted October 10, 2016 / No Comments
Acknowledging that modern free trade produces losers as well as winners allows us to start developing and implementing policies to moderate those downsides – and purposely share the upsides. This means actively managing trade flows, limiting beggar-thy-neighbour trade surpluses, supporting incomes for all workers, ensuring sensible and fair exchange rates, and actively fostering domestic investment in desirable, trade-intensive industries.
Policy Contextposted October 6, 2016 / No Comments
The objective of this study… was to explore access to disability supports and links to paid employment… The first stream involves technical aids and equipment… required for the performance of a job or paid employment. The second component comprises personal services, such as attendant care and home care. The many problems… can be grouped into three categories related to the availability, affordability and responsiveness of disability supports.