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Provincial Food Report Card

Canadians want foods that are safe, nutritious, affordable, and available to everyone, produced in ways that are environmentally sustainable. On our first provincial food report card, Saskatchewan ranks in first place overall with “A” grades for food safety, food security, and industry prosperity. British Columbia is also a top performer and receives “A” grades in two categories: healthy food and diets and environmental sustainability. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador trail with the lowest grades.


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New to the Workforce

While many young Canadians are experiencing difficulties integrating into the workforce or are underemployed in the current job market, Canadian organizations are actively seeking highly educated millennials and are increasingly willing to pay a premium for new graduates to mine their specialized skill sets in areas such as technology and engineering. In Canada, recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn an average annual starting salary in the range of $45,000 to $69,000. These numbers are slightly lower for those graduates with a college degree, and are higher for those with graduate degrees.

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A Road Map for Canada’s Health Care Future

As the country’s aging population rapidly increases, the gap between government budgets and Canada’s health care needs continues to widen. But health care sustainability is more than a funding matter. The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care’s compendium of research suggests that the road to sustainability must also include disease prevention efforts, health and wellness promotion, and a redesign of elements of the current health system.

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New Direct Flights Will Increase Travel To and Within Canada

Last year, the low Canadian dollar and energy prices fuelled travel to and within Canada. These factors will continue to benefit tourism growth in 2017. In addition, new direct flights and Canada’s reputation as a safe travel destination will contribute to the increased number of international arrivals. Domestic pleasure travel is expected to grow by 3.4 per cent in 2017, receiving a boost from the 150th anniversary of Confederation and Montréal’s 375th anniversary. Meanwhile, overseas visits to Canada are forecast to increase by 8.4 per cent.

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Improving Access to High-Quality Palliative Care

Palliative and end-of-life care in Canada is evolving, with more Canadians dying outside of hospital settings than in the past. This has implications for care provided in homes, communities, and long-term care settings. Canada needs to develop enhanced palliative and end-of-life approaches that include care in home, community, and long-term care settings.

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Investor Immigration

Entrepreneur and investor immigration allows Canada to attract people that can launch innovative businesses, increase the flow of foreign direct investment to Canada, and support economic development goals such as building infrastructure. Canada’s investor immigration programs have struggled in the past due to a number of reasons. As other countries are becoming less welcoming to newcomers, Canada can position itself to reap greater economic benefits by opening its doors to more foreign talent.

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Canadian Outlook

The Canadian economy has picked up steam and posted impressive job gains since the second half of 2016. Overall, the economy is expected to grow by 2.3 per cent this year, a marked improvement over the past two years. While this paints a positive picture for the year ahead, it masks continued weakness in the areas of business investment and international trade that will limit growth beyond 2017.

CBoC Highlights

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Craig Alexander joins TVO’s “The Agenda” with Steve Paikin to discuss new measures introduced by the provincial government to cool the housing market in the Golden Horseshoe. This infographic explores current trends in Canadian workforce planning.
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Canada’s Immigration Minister, The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, provided opening remarks at our Canadian Immigration Summit 2017. Paul Preston and Nissan Amdur, Economic Attaché, Israel Consulate General, discuss a recent report on innovation in Israel at the Science, Technology, Innovation 2017 conference.

In This Issue

  • Provincial Food Report Card
  • New to the Workforce
  • A Road Map for Canada’s Health Care Future
  • New Direct Flights Will Increase Travel To and Within Canada
  • Improving Access to High-Quality Palliative Care
  • Investor Immigration
  • Canadian Outlook

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Five Trends That Will Change the Way Your Company Structures Benefits

Mar 20, 2019

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. Varied employee needs have given rise to an evolved style of benefit offerings: one that is flexible, but keeps an eye on cost.

How can you stay ahead of the curve? We surveyed 217 organizations for our new Benefits Benchmarking 2019 report, collecting data that reflect the experiences of 1.2 million employees.

Here are five trends in employee benefits that will give your organization an edge:

More Flexible Benefits

Flexibility is the name of the game in 2019. Increasingly, employers are managing costs by letting employees decide what supports are best for them and their families. In our survey, we found that a record-breaking two-thirds of Canadian employers are now offering more innovative health care spending accounts (HCSAs) to employees at all levels.

Wellness Apps Supporting Employee Well-Being

Wellness apps are proving to be a win-win. Employees who use these apps are reaping the rewards of being proactive about their physical and mental health. Meanwhile, employers benefit from happier, healthier employees.

Medical Marijuana Offered as an Employee Benefit

The green wave has arrived in Canada. It’s no surprise that medical cannabis is starting to find its way into employee benefit offerings. While only 6 per cent of organizations currently cover medical cannabis, close to half (48 per cent) of respondents report they are considering doing so in the future.

Outsourcing Benefits Administration

With the emergence of new HR technologies, outsourcing your benefits administration can significantly impact your bottom line while meeting employees’ wellness needs.

Offering Mental Health Support to Employees

Conversations around mental health in the workplace have hit critical mass, bolstered by the gigantic #BellLetsTalk movement. Approximately two-thirds of all responding organizations report enhancing or introducing strategies to support employees’ mental health and wellness.

How does your organization stack up? Optimize your employee benefits with data from 217 organizations. Get the Benefits Benchmarking 2019 report.


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