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Up In Smoke

Smokers take a toll on the bottom line of their employers. On average, each smoker cost his or her employer an estimated $4,256 in 2012, according to The Conference Board of Canada report Smoking Cessation and the Workplace: Benefits of Workplace Programs. The total includes lost productivity due to unsanctioned smoking breaks and absenteeism. Yet, employers are not doing enough to change the smoking culture in their workplace.

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Government of Canada Supports the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, announced during the Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2013 that the federal government would provide funding for the Conference Board’s new Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education. The end goal of the Centre is to develop a national PSE and Skills Strategy for Canada. This strategy is intended to connect parts of the system and change how people think about post-secondary education.

Canadian Outlook

Following subpar growth in 2012 and 2013, Canada’s economy is expected to grow by close to 2.5 per cent annually over the next two years. Stronger growth in real gross domestic product is expected to come partly from an acceleration in export volumes. The federal government is currently on track to balance the budget in 2015–16, but it will have to maintain its program of spending restraint in government operations to achieve its goal.

Which Industries Are Creating Jobs?

Canada has more than recovered all the jobs it lost during the recession. There are, however, big disparities when it comes to job creation by industry. Of the 16 major industries covered by Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, just 2 have accounted for nearly 45 per cent of job growth since July 2009.

The Value of Beer in Canada

Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Canada, accounting for 8.1 per cent of all household spending on food and beverages. The Conference Board report From Farm to Glass: The Value of Beer in Canada finds that every dollar that Canadians spend on beer generates $1.12 for the Canadian economy.

Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters

Canada’s Northern marine waters are a challenging environment for the pursuit of economic development projects. Nevertheless, oil and gas development, fishing, tourism, and the shipping associated with these and other forms of economic activity are expected to increase over the decades to come. Reducing the risks involved in developing Canada’s Arctic waters will require a new culture of safety that goes beyond rules and regulations.

Contagious Health: Spreading Wellness Through Social Media

Social media and gamification can be effective tools for delivering a health promotion message and have proven potential for affecting behaviour. Hélène Campbell, double-lung transplant recipient, describes how social media raised awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation.


CBoC Highlights

Photo of the Hon. Jason T. Kenney Photo of Vijay Gill

The Hon. Jason T. Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, Government of Canada, delivered the keynote presentation at the Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2013.

Vijay Gill, Director, Policy Research, examined what solutions or combination of strategies would best address congestion, emissions, and barriers to infrastructure funding in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area during a panel discussion on TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin.



In This Issue

  • Up In Smoke
  • Government of Canada Supports the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education
  • Canadian Outlook
  • Which Industries Are Creating Jobs?
  • The Value of Beer in Canada
  • Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters
  • Contagious Health: Spreading Wellness Through Social Media

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