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What consumers of edible cannabis need to be aware of after the legalization of edibles

While it is still illegal to sell many of these products in Canada, three new types of products will be available later this year. Edibles, cannabis extracts and topical products will become legal this year on Oct. 17. If recent stats are any indication, new products are likely to garner additional interest, from both experienced and inexperienced users.

Bill Howatt & Melissa Snider-Adler —September 16, 2019

Workplace concerns around legalization of edible cannabis

As the one-year anniversary of legal recreational cannabis in Canada draws near, many employers have found that their existing substance-use policies effectively address its use. But with the upcoming legalization of edibles, there is renewed concern about how to manage the risks of impairment at work.

Dr. Bill Howatt, and Lorenzo Lisi—August 30, 2019

Employment bounces back

Labour Force Survey data shows that the domestic economy continues to do well and validates the Bank of Canada’s decision to hold interest rates steady earlier this week. After three months of little growth, employment increased by 81,000 in August....

Alicia Macdonald —September 6, 2019

Bank of Canada holds rates and flags global growth concerns

Global trade tensions are clearly top of mind for Bank of Canada policy makers. This morning's communication started and ended with a reference to global trade tensions. The Bank of Canada held its overnight rate at 1.75 per cent this morning. While domestic conditions are currently strong, Canada is not....

Alicia Macdonald—September 4, 2019

Merchandise trade balance slips into a deficit position in July

After powering the economy in the second quarter, Canada’s merchandise trade sector lost some steam in July as exports declined for the second month in a row. A modest outlook is in store for Canada’s trade sector over the..

Doris Chu—September 4, 2019

GDP growth soars past expectations

GDP growth soared past most projections in the second quarter. After two quarters of sluggish growth this suggests the economy is performing significantly better in the second half of this year. However, weak business investment and a deepening US–China....

Matthew Stewart—August 30, 2019

Emerging cyber threats: ransomware, cryptojacking, and IoT attacks

The growing number of internet-connected devices, and the emergence of new types of cyber-attacks, have fueled the growth of these attacks, affecting 1 in 5 Canadian businesses while costing at least $120 million dollars in 2018 in ransomware alone .

Dr. Vanessa Thomas—August 7, 2019

Workplace strategies for managing cannabis use disorder

Recreational cannabis use has increased since it was legalized last fall. As the Cannabis Act matures and legal cannabis becomes more accessible, there could also be an increase in problematic use – and cannabis use disorders.

Dr. Bill Howatt—August 7, 2019

Price growth holds steady

The consumer price index increased on a year-over-year basis in July, matching the increase in June. With wage growth accelerating and inflation well-anchored, the Bank of Canada is expected to remain on....

Alicia Macdonald—August 21, 2019

Labour markets healthy in most metropolitan areas

The latest labour force survey release shows that, when compared to one year ago, job creation remains healthy in most Canadian metropolitan areas. Employment increased in 27 of the 33 metropolitan areas on a year-over-year basis, including in the six largest ones...

Constantinos Bougas—August 12, 2019

Despite uptick in unemployment, wage growth surges

Fewer jobs for the month and weak labour force growth meant the unemployment rate ticked up slightly in July. However, the decline should be taken in the context of Canada’s phenomenal labour market performance over the past 7 months...

CBoC—August 9, 2019

Building construction booming, buoyed by low vacancy rates

Non-residential building construction has grown strongly over the last year, buoyed by very low industrial and commercial vacancy rates in Vancouver and Toronto...

CBoC—July 22, 2019

Data dilemmas: Analytics, infrastructure, governance and talent.

Our federal government is not the only organization struggling to collect, produce, and analyze useful data. Many private, academic, and non-profit sector businesses are also struggling to adapt to our data-driven world.

Dr. Vanessa Thomas—July 18, 2019

HR & OHS can better manage cannabis in the workplace by working together

Occupational health and safety (OHS) and human resource (HR) professionals have a unique opportunity to join forces to build stronger, safer workplaces. A recent pulse survey found that a good working relationship...

Dr. Bill Howatt and Charles Boyer—July 19, 2019

Falling energy prices weigh on price growth

After increasing by 2.4 per cent in May, inflation growth slowed to a 2.0 per cent pace in June as energy prices fell. Core inflation came in at the Bank of Canada’s 2.0 per cent target, giving the Bank...

Alicia Macdonald—July 17, 2019

How psychologically safe is your workplace?

The degree of severity, duration, and intensity of mental distress as a result of workplace related stress will ultimately determine a person’s risk for developing a diagnosable mental illness.

Dr. Bill Howatt—July 9, 2019

Labour markets remain tight despite lack of job gains

Canada’s labour market took another pause in June. This is the second consecutive month with no job gains. Nonetheless, the labour market’s performance so far this year remains impressive and unemployment remains very low.

Matthew Stewart—July 5, 2019

Canadian international merchandise trade

Canada’s merchandise trade sector turned in another positive performance in May as both export and imports recorded increases. Although the May numbers were encouraging, rising uncertainty...

Doris Chu—July 3, 2019

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A direct manager can impact your mental health—positively or negatively

Interacting with a direct manager who’s controlling and negative can lead to stress, but dealing with one who is positive, encouraging and supportive can be good for employees’ mental health.

Dr. Bill Howatt—July 3, 2019

Whose ride is it, anyway? The impact of shared mobility on public transit

Public transit ridership levels vary across Canada, raising questions and debate about the impact of shared mobility services such as ride-hailing and car-sharing on transit systems. My Ride, Your Ride, Our Ride report...

CBoC—July 23, 2019

Gaps in your company’s mental health programs

Employers want to improve their workplace focus on mental health and create a psychologically safe workplace, but many just don’t know where to start.

Dr. Bill Howatt—June 27, 2019

Are you on autopilot? Tips to avoid repercussions

Being on autopilot increases the risk for developing poor health and social habits that can lead to negative consequences that can impact our workplace experience and mental health.

Dr. Bill Howatt—June 27, 2019

Cannabis: The numbers behind the smoke

While the cannabis industry is just getting off the ground in Canada, it has already become a major part of our economy. The first batch of economic information released since recreational...

Dr. Bill Howatt and Matthew Stewart—June 27, 2019

How to respond to feedback constructively

Your colleague tells you they have some concerns with the project you’ve been working on with your biggest client. Also, your manager is frustrated and wants to provide you the client’s feedback directly. As you sit and wait for your manager...

Dr. Bill Howatt—June 27, 2019

Radiology wait times

Annual price of excessive wait times for radiology services is $3.54 billion—and the situation is not improving. In addition, the investment needed for modernization of Canada’s medical imaging...

CBoC—June 25, 2019

Retail trade

Statistics Canada release showed retail sales edging up a mere 0.1 per cent in April. This followed strong back-to-back gains in February and March, so a slowdown...

Constantinos Bougas—June 21, 2019

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Data on governments earnings from cannabis legalization

st-ever figures on government tax revenues from the sale of cannabis products. The numbers have been lower than expected, thanks in part to the bumpy rollout of...

Robyn Gibbard—June 19, 2019

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Reducing greenhouse gases

The opportunities for Canadian provinces to achieve reductions in GHG emissions in electricity sectors are abundant...

CBoC—June 18, 2019

CUSMA’s impact on Canada’s economy

The planned ratification of CUSMA, or the USMCA, may deliver stability for Canada’s economy for at least six years. But exactly how the changes will impact is the heart of the matter.

CBoC—June 13, 2019

Potential economic reconciliation of Indigenous-industry relationships

Canadian sectors and organizations have a genuine opportunity to improve relationships with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people across the country...

Stefan Fournier and Candice Shaw—June 17, 2019

Who decides if medical cannabis is a treatment option for you?

This question doesn’t have a clear answer and requires careful consideration, the guidance of your medical professional and, in many cases, a conversation with your employer.

Dr. Bill Howatt—June 6, 2019

Northern Canada faces climate change challenge

The threat of climate change to property and infrastructure has become increasingly apparent to Canadians. This is an urgent reality faced by many of Canada’s remote northern communities.

Kaitlyn Rathwell, Adam Fiser, and Soha Keen—June 5, 2019

How fatigue can prevent your full potential

How many hours of sleep do you get before a typical day of work? Too many people show up to work fatigued because of a lack of sleep. Beyond feeling tired and sleepy, a person who is....

Dr. Bill Howatt—June 4, 2019

Cannabis in the workplace

Both employers and employees are accountable for responsible cannabis use. The most important responsibility for both groups is to maintain safety in the workplace and for the general public.

Bill Howatt and Jason Fleming—May 9, 2019

Cyber and hybrid threats to Canada and its allies

Cyber security threats are now considered a global security concern on par with traditional conventional military threats. Our interconnected world means that cyber threats and…

Brent Dowdall—May 6, 2019

Employee trends disrupting benefits plans

As workplaces become more generationally diverse, the needs of employees have become more complex. More than ever, HR professionals are looking for ways to respond to these varied needs.

CBoC—May 1, 2019

How to navigate cannabis in the workplace

It’s been less than a year since recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada, and it’s too early to know whether managers are seeing more employees coming to work impaired.

Dr. Bill Howatt and Monica Haberl—April 26, 2019

Five trends that will change your benefits

Employee expectations are changing, and nowhere is this more evident than in benefit offerings. Canadian employers are being challenged to appeal to a multi-generational workforce.

CBoC—March 20, 2019

Which province welcomes the most immigrants?

We compare the provinces by total number of new arrivals and as a share of Canada’s population.

Kareem El-Assal—January 7, 2019


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