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B.C. Leads Economic Growth for Canada’s Provinces

British Columbia’s economy still has a lot of momentum, and the province will be the only one to see economic growth above 3 per cent this year. With growth of 2.8 per cent forecast in Alberta and Prince Edward Island and 2.6 per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador, they will rank among the fastest-growing provincial economies in 2018. Most other provincial economies are expected to perform well, although some will see their growth moderate this year.


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Federal Budget 2018

Budget 2018 was a stay-the-course affair. A strong economy allowed the government to make progress on inclusivity while keeping the fiscal track largely unchanged. However, expansion in the Canadian economy is expected to slow, and there are substantial risks around the potential dissolution of NAFTA and reduced tax competitiveness with the United States. Despite these challenges, Budget 2018 focuses on the government’s socio-economic policy agenda while doing little to address declining competitiveness or set aside resources to stimulate the economy during a future downturn.

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Getting to Work: Humanities Graduates in the Workforce

Despite the stereotype of bachelor of arts grads working as baristas, most social sciences and humanities undergraduate degree holders have good, well-paying jobs and are employed throughout the economy. While many of these graduates face challenges entering the workforce after graduation, most will go on to rewarding careers, and their earnings and job satisfaction levels are comparable with graduates from other disciplines.

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Buildings for All

Employment rates for Canadians with disabilities are roughly two-thirds those of the general population—and those that are employed tend to work a slightly shorter week. On top of improving quality of life, making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, which could lift overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030.

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The Niagara Institute’s Executive Leadership Program

This April, our Vice-President of Organizational Performance, Bryan Benjamin, will share insights from his extensive experience in leadership, talent development, and workforce transformation at The Niagara Institute’s Executive Leadership Program. This program will help executive leaders tackle the unique challenges and opportunities at the top tiers of an organization. Participants will benefit from a 360-degree assessment, proven insights and strategies from experienced facilitators, rare and candid discussions with other executives, and personal executive coaching.

CBoC Highlights

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Andrew Freedman speaking
Craig Alexander joined TVO’s “The Agenda With Steve Paikin” to discuss interprovincial trade challenges. Colorado’s “marijuana czar” Andrew Freedman provided lessons learned from his experience leading the process to regulate recreational cannabis in Colorado at our Marijuana @ Work Conference in Toronto on February 13–14.
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The Conference Board’s Kareem El-Assal met with French delegates at the Embassy of France in Ottawa to discuss Canada’s immigration system and what the two countries can learn from each another. Craig Alexander joined CTV News to provide his reaction to the 2018 federal budget.

In This Issue

  • B.C. Leads Economic Growth for Canada’s Provinces
  • Federal Budget 2018
  • Getting to Work: Humanities Graduates in the Workforce
  • Buildings for All
  • The Niagara Institute’s Executive Leadership Program

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