While the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) tends to grab media attention, workers entering Canada under the TFWP make up only a slice of Canada’s diverse foreign worker population. Foreign workers also include International Mobility Program workers, international students, those awaiting permanent residence in Canada, and refugee claimants. The TFWP accounted for only one-quarter of individuals who were granted a temporary work permit in 2014. And while Canada’s TFWP population has declined in recent years, Canada’s overall foreign worker population is rising.
Lack of sleep and poor-quality sleep have consequences, not only for workplace safety, but also for the general wellness, performance, and productivity of employees across industries and professions. Our study found that almost 30 per cent of Canadians go to work tired most days or every day during a typical workweek. The main culprits behind this fatigue include work stress and job demands, stress from home demands, physical health problems, and poor sleeping habits.
For the more than 200,000 people living in Canada’s nearly 300 remote communities, accessing reasonably priced electricity remains a challenge. Lacking access to the North American electricity grid, remote communities cannot benefit from the economies of scale that grid-connected communities receive, and that means much higher electricity costs. Their reliance on locally generated electricity means electricity prices can be as much as nine times higher than the Canadian average.
Organizations that are committed to learning and development report better organizational performance than their competitors. However, our new study finds that only 34 per cent of Canadian organizations say that they have a strong learning environment. While this figure is low, employers can strengthen their learning environment by regularly evaluating the effectiveness of their learning practices and programs to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.
Cyber security is one of the major challenges facing organizations today, with high-profile incidents making global headlines regularly. October is Cyber Security Awareness month, and we are providing free access to two of our research products on the topic of cyber security.
Cyber Security: Dealing With an Evolving Threat Landscape
This 60-minute recorded webinar (value of $149) explores some of the key insights generated from these activities, including the role of insider threats in cyber security and how to mitigate them.
It’s All About You: Building Capacity in Cyber Security
This 60-page report (value of $235) identifies how to build the kind of knowledge and understanding required to effectively contribute to our personal digital security, as well as that of organizations and nation states.
Download your free copies today. These two documents will only be available as free downloads in the month of October.
The Institut du Québec (a partnership between HEC Montréal and The Conference Board of Canada) unveiled its new Job Index for Quebec in September. This tool offers a more balanced perspective and highlights current strengths and weaknesses in Quebec’s labour market. The IdQ Job Index report is updated monthly, within two hours of the official publication of Statistics Canada employment data. It is available on the Institut du Québec website.
Healthy Brains at Work: Estimating the Impact of Workplace Mental Health Benefits and Programs
Running on Empty: Understanding Fatigue in the Workplace
Compensation Planning Outlook 2017—Preview
Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Summer 2016
How to Boost Canada’s Economy: A Few Ideas for Ottawa, The Globe and Mail, Septemberr 21, 2016
The End of Globalization? Not So Fast, The Globe and Mail, September 13, 2016
Three Issues We Shouldn’t Forget in Confronting Terrorism, The Ottawa Citizen, Septemberr 8, 2016
Home and Community Care Costs: Two Sides of the Affordability Coin
October 07, 2016
Putting the Federal Government’s Actions on Housing Policy Into Perspective
October 06, 2016
Preparing for the Future Care Needs of Canadian Seniors: The Challenges and Opportunities
September 30, 2016
Public Sector Social Media 2016
Oct 24–25 | Ottawa
The 2016 Better Workplace Conference
Oct 25–26 | Vancouver
Corporate Culture Conference 2016: Creating Cultures That Support Your Strategy
Nov 9–10 | Ottawa
Heads Above Water? Provincial Fiscal Outlook 2016-17
Oct 27 at 2:00 PM
Territorial Outlook 2016-17: Bottom of the Commodity Cycle
Nov 01 at 3:00 PM
Compensation Planning Outlook Webinar for 2017
Nov 02 at 2:00 PM
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