Anna Mehler Paperny – Global News, June 15, 2015
Across parties and levels of government, politicians are scrambling to reshape 20th-century labour policies to fit a 21st-century workforce.
Trevor Holness is stuck.
He and his wife Linda don’t make enough to pay to put two-year-old Linden in daycare five days a week; just two days sets them back a cool $550. But staying home with Linden means Holness can’t take on enough film industry gigs to make more.
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.