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Why Mid-Life Could be the Best Time to Change Careers in Canada
June 12, 2019

Record low unemployment, innovation, longer careers just some reasons middle-aged workers can find new paths. An article by Brandie Weikle is a senior writer for CBC News based in Toronto. 

While there isn’t widespread data available on career change and the ages at which it occurs, Statistics Canada does track the number of consecutive months Canadians have worked for their current employer.

Some of that data, analyzed by the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) in Ottawa and provided to CBC News, shows that among workers 45 and older, average time on the job started to drop in 2017.

Though those numbers don’t differentiate between job changes and career shifts, the shorter tenures may indicate more career change — or at least the labour market conditions that help support it. Read more

Growing Number of Canadian Professionals Face Job Insecurity, Study Finds
August 23, 2018

A higher education and professional career can be the gateway to many privileges — but amidst Canada’s shifting economic tides, job security isn’t always one of them, according to a new study.

survey of 1,000 professionals across the country found that one in five are in precarious jobs, working contract-to-contract, part-time, or freelance. More than half of those in insecure employment said their income varied significantly, and 60 per cent said they don’t have pension plans or sick pay.

Conversely, 85 per cent of professionals with secure jobs had pensions and 94 per cent said they got paid if they were ill.

Regardless of job status, the study conducted by progressive think tank the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found a “widespread sense of economic insecurity,” with 58 per cent of all professionals surveyed reporting their job used to be more stable.

“A number of the hallmarks of precarious jobs in low-wage jobs like a pension plan, like a sick day, like a predictable income, a predictable schedule — all of those things were found in a good percentage of professional jobs,” said the report’s co-author Ricardo Tranjan.

“The key point is that when we talk about precarious jobs in Canada we tend to think about it as something to happen to low-wage jobs, but that is not the case.”

A study, completed in 2017 by two independent experts appointed by the Ontario government, found that almost half of low-income earners in the province are in precarious jobs. Research for the Law Commission of Ontario, based on 2008 data, found that workers with less than a high school diploma as well as recent immigrants, women and people of colour, are overrepresented amongst vulnerable workers.

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Canada – School to Work Transitions Research Report
August 29, 2016

In Canada, the youth unemployment rate doubles the adult rate. The rate of underemployment has grown in the last 20 years and currently 30% of youth with jobs in Canada are underemployed.

In the fall of 2015, The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) http://www.ccdf.ca/ccdf/ undertook a scoping review to examine how to support better school-to-work transitions for youth – those who had left school prior to graduation, who went directly to the labour market after high school graduation and those who had graduated.

The main objectives of the project were to identify what is needed to improve school-to-work transitions of Canadian youth and identify research/programming/policy gaps for future project considerations. The review identified that:

  • Promising policies, programs and tools exist, but are generally not effectively implemented, resourced, or utilized;
  • Current funding models either prescribe the integration of these programs/curricula with no new funding to support implementation or have difficult application processes that put community-based providers at financial risk and/or at-risk of programming lapses or closures;
  • Implementation is too often limited to a minority of students; and,
  • There are programming, tools, practices and policies available but implementation, execution and awareness factors get in the way of providing the support needed.

To read the full research report, including outcomes and recommendations Click Here