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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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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