Women made up 12 per cent of all board seats examined in the study, up 1 percentage point from 11 per cent in 2015… The dissatisfaction with the current regulatory regime highlights the need to consider mandatory quotas… the CSA found that only 9 per cent of companies have internal targets for women on their boards, with a mere 2 per cent having targets for women in executive positions.
Policy Contextposted March 23, 2017 / No Comments
Under the federal budget, unemployed people who want to use government-funded training programs will not have to give up their EI benefits. New loans and grants for adult students are designed to help a wider range of people, such as parents who want to return to the workforce and those who are victims of shrinking industries… women will be able to claim EI maternity benefits earlier in their pregnancy, starting at 12 weeks before the due date.
Policy Contextposted February 20, 2017 / 1 Comment
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.