The Outlook is based on The Conference Board of Canada’s economic, compensation, and labour relations research, as well as data and reports from external organizations. The report is distinguished by the contribution of senior labour and management practitioners who offered their considered expert views on the prospects for 2019 in a roundtable discussion convened annually by the Conference Board.
While wages, health and safety, and employment security continue to dominate the conversation, flexibility, transparency, impact from the #MeToo movement, diversity and inclusion, and purposeful work has come to the forefront.
With transitions to new governments across the country and a divisive political climate south of the border, the regulatory environment in Canada has become increasingly complex over the last several years. Combined with the marginal economic growth expected for 2019, both labour leaders and employers have a challenging bargaining year ahead of them.