The health of Canada’s labour force since the 2008 recession has been hotly debated in the media and in public discourse. The Canadian federal government over the past six years has consistently reported on an improving economy that has seen employment return to pre-recession highs due to the various employment programs and measures they instituted to strengthen the economy.
On the other hand, many researchers and organizations suggest that job market analysts must dig deeper – moving beyond the monthly employment flows – to uncover important underlying concerns such as worker discouragement, increased part-time and temporary work and a troubling trend towards more precarious employment. The following reports and articles will provide you with some of the varying perspectives on the health of Canadian jobs and the different issues at play as well as a comparison of the Canada’s labour force with that of the United States.
Check out: “Jobs Report: The State of the Canadian Labour Market” by Department of Finance Canada (2014)
Check out: “Labour Market Assessment 2014” by Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (2014)
Check out: “The Labour Market in Canada and the Unites States since the Last Recession” by Andre Barnard and Jeannine Usalcas, Statistics Canada (2014)
Check out: “What explains the decline in Canada’s labour force participation rate?” by Nathan Janzen, RBC (2014)
Check out: “Are Medium-Skilled Jobs in Canada Experiencing a Hollowing Out, U.S.- Style?” by TD Economics (2013)