Scaling Up Aboriginal Talent in the Workforce

By Jock Finlayson and Kristin St-Laurent The 2016 Canadian Census revealed three major population trends in Canada: we are having fewer babies, progressively more boomers are transitioning into retirement, and most people are living longer.  Taken together, these trends point...

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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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Navigating the Coming Sea Change: Searching for Economic Growth Amid Population Aging

By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St. Laurent For the first time in Canadian history, the number of seniors (aged 65 years and over) now exceeds the number of people aged 15 to 24. Fifty years ago, for each person approaching...

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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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Welcome to the “Gig Economy”

By Jock Finlayson The rise of the “gig” or “sharing” economy is one of the most consequential trends shaping the contemporary labour market. “Gig” jobs are an example of what economists describe as “contingent” work.  Such work can be contrasted...

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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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Opportunity Indicator Ranking Targets 2024 Occupations

By Jock Finlayson In the last issue of PeopleTalk, I provided an overview of the B.C. government’s 2024 Labour Market Outlook. The report presents an assessment of labour market trends, some regional supply and demand projections, and an analysis of...

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