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Minimum wage winners and losers far from certain

The drive to $15/hr minimum wages in some regions is adding uncertainty to employers' and employees' prospects alike. It is far from certain who precisely the winners and losers will be.
 

Business Barometer®

The month of May saw another gain in small business sentiment across the country. CFIB's monthly Business BarometerÒ Index progressed another point and a half upward to hit 66.0—its best level in two and a half years. With this increase, the Index has pretty much recovered its losses from the resource price crunch, which began in late 2014.

Part-time work: a matter of demand or supply?

Part-time employment is one of those work dimensions with advantages for employers and employees. In Canada’s case, about 19 percent of all jobs involve fewer than 30 hours per week.
 

Help Wanted: Private sector job vacancies, Q4 2016

Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate was once again unchanged at 2.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016. This is the fourth consecutive reading at that level, mirroring similar stability in the unemployment rate. Although representing just over 300,000 unfilled jobs it shows continuing slack in Canada’s labour market overall.
 

Entrepreneurial Communities

This report is the ninth annual look at what entrepreneurial characteristics Canada’s largest cities possess.
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