Research Report: The Automation Potential of B.C.’s Labour Market

How will digitalization impact the British Columbia labour market? The Business Council of B.C. (BCBC) recently released a glimpse into the not so distant future in the form of a research paper, "The Automation Potential of B.C.'s Labour Market," authored by...

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Labour Demand and Supply in Canada: The Big Picture?

By Jock Finlayson Concerns over skilled and more general labour shortages continue to be voiced by employer organizations across the country. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the Conference Board have all pointed to...

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Will Future Labour Shortages Imperil the BC Economy?

By Jock Finlayson The critical role of human capital in today’s economy, the fact that many employers continue to report difficulties finding qualified personnel, and demographic forecasts pointing to a steadily aging population and slower labour force growth all raise...

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WorkSafeBC Average Premiums Remain Stable in 2015

By Jock Finlayson In a rare bit of good news for employers, WorkSafeBC has announced that the average “base rate” premium will remain unchanged in 2015. The average rate charged to employers has been set at $1.70 per $100 of...

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Alberta’s Demand for Workers is Affecting BC’s Labour Market

By Ken Peacock and Jock Finlayson Within Canada there are no restrictions on labour mobility.1 People move freely between provinces to find employment, to retire, to attend school, or for other reasons. The past few years have seen mounting anecdotal...

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New WorkSafeBC Policies on Bullying and Harassment – A Review of the Duties of Employers in BC

By Michael Watt and Derek Frenette On July 1, 2012, Section 5.1(1)(a)(ii) of the Workers Compensation Act (the “Act”) was enacted. Part of this new provision provides that a worker’s mental disorder is compensable under the Act where that disorder...

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Business Council Supports Re-Balancing Act of HST Reform

The Business Council of British Columbia has voiced support for the broad package of changes to the HST announced by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon. The Council believes the proposed changes—including one-time transitional payments to BC seniors and families with children...

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