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How Much People Will Make Next Year: Compensation Planning Outlook

Canadian organizations are planning moderate base salary increases for the third year in a row. The average pay increase for non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.9 per cent next year, almost exactly in line with actual gains in 2013.

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Hot Topic: The Canada-EU Free Trade Deal

The federal government recently announced that Canada has agreed to a free trade deal in principle with the European Union—this country’s first major trade deal since the Canada–U.S. free trade agreement in the late 1980s.

U.S. Workers May Hold the Key to Canada’s Skills Shortage

Alberta, which faces the most severe skills shortage in Canada, launched a pilot project that brought nearly 1,000 highly-skilled U.S. workers into the province. This study by the Conference Board’s Global Commerce Centre, examines Alberta’s successful strategies and identifies lessons that other provinces and regions can apply.

Why Innovation Counts

The dust is yet to settle on the deal begun recently by the Fairfax group to privatize BlackBerry. We may never know all the factors that led to BlackBerry’s current predicament. However, reflections on the situation do remind us of some common high-tech management challenges.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: What Motorists Pay

Ontario drivers pay almost the full cost of the roads they use. Fuel taxes and other fees cover between 70 and 90 per cent of annual road construction, maintenance, and policing costs. This report provides new and comprehensive estimates of the costs of the Ontario road network and the revenues generated by road users.

Honorary Associate 2013

The Conference Board of Canada presented The Hon. David L. Emerson with the 2013 Honorary Associate Award in recognition of his unique career of leadership achievements in the public and private sectors. The Honorary Associate Award is the Conference Board’s highest honour and is conferred upon individuals who have served both their organization and their country with distinction during their working career.

Territorial Outlook

Lower commodity prices will hold back mineral exploration in Canada’s territories, cooling previously robust economic growth in the territories this year. However, the outlook beyond this year is more promising. Economic growth in the territories over the next few years is expected to easily outpace growth in most other Canadian regions.


CBoC Highlights

The Conference Board hosted its Scholar-in-Residence book launch on October 30 in Toronto. André Picard, the Board’s 2012 Scholar-in-Residence, discussed his newest book, The Path to Health Care Reform: Policy and Politics.

Dan Muzyka, President and CEO of the Conference Board, presented The Hon. David L. Emerson with the 2013 Honorary Associate Award.

Welcome reception for the Centre of the North’s 2nd North Summit hosted by the City of Whitehorse.

Conference Board of Canada President and CEO Dan Muzyka delivered the opening remarks at the Summit. Listen to Dan Muzyka and Anja Jeffrey, Director of the Centre for the North, talk about the summit on CBC Radio’s “A New Day.”
(Photo by Gary Bremner)



In This Issue

  • How Much People Will Make Next Year: Compensation Planning Outlook
  • Hot Topic: The Canada-EU Free Trade Deal
  • U.S. Workers May Hold the Key to Canada’s Skills Shortage
  • Why Innovation Counts
  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road: What Motorists Pay
  • Honorary Associate 2013
  • Territorial Outlook

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