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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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Four Employee Trends Disrupting Traditional Benefits Plans

May 01, 2019

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.

Employers have their work cut out for them when it comes to remaining cost-effective while providing today’s workforce with the most valuable health benefits.

Based on the 2019 Benefits Benchmarking report, here are the top four employee trends disrupting traditional benefits plans:

Cannabis in the Workplace

Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, and the number of authorized users has grown dramatically. By mid-2018, 342,000 Canadians were registered to use legally.

Due to the recent legalization of recreational cannabis, medical cannabis is expected to be more common. Employees are increasingly turning to their employers with questions about coverage. Yet, only a handful of the Canadian organizations we surveyed offer coverage for medical cannabis.

Employers should consider creating strategies that are mindful of this new frontier.

Aging Workforce

The needs of Canadian employees have become increasingly complex as Canada’s largest generation continues to work past the typical retirement age. This has put pressure on the health care system. Employers find themselves challenged to address the needs of this generation head-on.

Organizations are aware of this trend, and they are looking for technology to better manage health care needs.

Increase Use of Biologic Drugs

There has been an increase in the use of biologic drugs and a greater focus on paramedical services. This has made it difficult for organizations to decide where to invest resources.

Given this growing trend, having a drug cost management strategy is becoming increasingly important for the long-term sustainability of benefits plans.

Virtual Health Care and Wellness

Organizations are seeking more cost-effective, creative, and proactive ways to maintain and improve employee health. Canadian organizations are increasingly turning to new technologies that focus on prevention, such as virtual wellness technologies to manage health and fitness and pharmacogenetic testing.

Different industries align their benefits strategies with virtual wellness technologies in varying ways. Their focuses may include physical wellness, improving financial wellness, reducing stress, absenteeism, or productivity.

Get ahead of these disruptors by leveraging data from 217 Canadian organizations in the 2019 Benefits Benchmarking report. Read on.

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