Why the Gender Gap Matters to Business

In both B.C. and Canada, the proportion of women aged 15 and over who are in the labour force remains nine percentage points below that of men—and that gap has been more or less constant since the mid-1990s. Minding a...

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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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Jobs in Demand: B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook to 2027

If you’re on the lookout for the hottest job trends, WorkBC—an agency of the provincial government—recently released an updated Labour Market Outlook through to 2027. Over the next decade, the government anticipates 917,000 job openings. Roughly 70 per cent will...

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Education as the Great Divide

By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St-Laurent Where do workers envision themselves five years from now? Who has the skills to succeed in the fast-changing job market? The answer—and the level of optimism—may very well depend on the amount and type...

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A Tale of Two Economies: Leveraging Regional Immigration to Enhance Growth

By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St-Laurent Two factors will largely determine the future trajectory of economic growth in  British Columbia:  productivity performance, and the extent to which the labour force expands over time. The hurdles to achieving long-term economic growth...

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Coming (and Going) Careers in the Second Machine Age?

By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St. Laurent The world of work is being transformed as we enter a new phase of the “age of the machine.”  With disruptive technologies pushing the frontiers of automation, some of the comparative advantages humans...

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Economic Diversity Drives B.C. Resilience

By Jock Finlayson Amid a weak global economy and an extended downturn in many commodity markets, the B.C. economy has held up surprisingly well. Two decades ago, a worldwide mining/energy slump would have delivered a punishing blow to the province....

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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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