Moving Forward in a Labour Constrained Economy: Update with the Chief Economist

The Conference Board of Canada, March 23, 2020 at 02:00 PM EDT
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This webinar with the Conference Board’s Chief Economist will focus on Canada’s most important challenge—generating growth in a labour constrained economy.

Many developed economies are feeling the pinch of labour constraints and Canada is no exception. In 2019, Canada’s unemployment rate averaged a record low of 5.7 per cent, job vacancies swelled to 563,000 (in the third quarter) and average wages soared by an estimated 4.7 per cent—2.8 percentage points above inflation! While the situation is favourable for workers, the pendulum has swung too far. The challenges employers are facing finding workers will hold back economic growth and, for some firms, discourage investment.

Webinar Highlights

Join this webinar to gain an understanding of the economic and political forces affecting Canada’s economy.

  • What is the outlook for Canada’s near-term economic growth?
  • Immigration will help grow Canada’s workforce but what other challenges do peak immigration levels pose for Canada?
  • Are Canadian employers investing enough in labour-saving technologies?
  • How will the latest round of provincial and federal budgets affect employers?

About Pedro

Photo of Pedro AntunesAs the Conference Board’s Chief Economist, Pedro Antunes is the thought leader and spokesperson for the Conference Board’s suite of economic forecast products, as well as other reports and economic indicators that relate to Canada and its regions. Mr. Antunes has provided expert testimony before parliamentary committees. He makes numerous presentations on economic topics and dialogues with Canadian leaders, the public and media about issues important to Canada. Pedro joined the Conference Board as an economist in 1991 after working with the Canadian Forecasting Group at the Bank of Canada. Pedro has worked on a wide range of economic modelling and research projects in Canada and overseas.

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