Instability trap: Canadians want work. Why have so many stopped looking?

Feb. 10, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

The percentage of working-age Canadians who aren’t working – who aren’t even looking for a job – is at a historic high years after the economy supposedly bounced back from the recession. The labour participation rate for Canadian men in their working prime – ages 25 through 54 – is the lowest it’s been since Statistics Canada started collecting that data.

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Who hires temporary foreign workers? You’d be surprised

Anna Mehler Paperny and Jacques Bourbeau, Global News

Todd Bender doesn’t seem like he’d be in the market for temporary foreign workers: He’s executive director of CityKidz, a faith-driven group working with young people in inner-city Hamilton. His focus is local.

But three years ago, while hiring a youth coordinator, the hiring team realized their preferred candidate – a young woman from the Bahamas who had been studying in Canada – didn’t have the right visa to work in the country.

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In Jason Kenney’s immigration system, the labour market calls the shots

Photo by Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Globe and Mail


Jason Kenney has had it with incremental measures.

“It frustrates the hell out of me,” the Immigration Minister told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Wednesday. “We’re bringing hundreds of thousands of people into the country to end up, many of them, unemployed or underemployed in an economy where there are acute labour shortages.”

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