Category Archives: Labour

Quebec farms facing lost profits and rotting harvests due to migrant worker shortage

MONTREAL — Nineteen-year-old Florence Lachapelle was among hundreds of Quebecers who tried their hand at planting seeds and harvesting produce this summer, replacing migrant workers who were unable to leave their countries because of the COVID-19 pande...

CRA launches updated CEWS calculator ahead of applications opening Monday

OTTAWA — The federal government has launched an updated calculator to help employers estimate what help they might receive from the next phase of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The calculator opened today on the CEWS website ahead of the ...

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1 per cent for EI calculation

OTTAWA — The federal government has temporarily set a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent to calculate employment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those people living in regions with an unemployment rate lower than that threshold...

Freeland urges restraint with expenses following Rideau Hall renovations

OTTAWA — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says public office holders should be mindful of how they spend taxpayer dollars, following a report on Rideau Hall renovations. The CBC reported Thursday that hundreds of thousands of dollars have b...

Statistics Canada says country gained 419,000 jobs in July

OTTAWA — Racialized workers had an unemployment rate more than one-and-a-half times white workers last month, jobs data released Friday showed, as Statistics Canad for the first time put a figure on a widening inequality gap being exacerbated...

As CERB winds down, labour group asks Liberals to rethink EI

OTTAWA — The federal government is being urged to rethink Canada's employment insurance program as millions of workers are moved off of an emergency benefit while the country's job market is still recouping heavy losses due to COVID-19. The government ...

Senate shifts rules for Don Meredith victim compensation process

OTTAWA — The Senate says harassment victims of disgraced former senator Don Meredith can now have lawyers present when speaking to an independent evaluator hired to determine potential compensation for them, and also that their legal costs might b...

Mayors of four Alberta cities frustrated by EMS dispatch services consolidation

Mayors of four cities affected by a change to emergency medical dispatch services say they were blindsided by the move and believe it will put lives of their residents at risk. Alberta announced Tuesday that it is consolidating all EMS dispat...

Consolidating EMS 911 dispatch services will save money, improve patient care: AHS

EDMONTON — Alberta is consolidating all remaining municipally run emergency medical service dispatch call sites in a move that it says will save money and improve patient care. The change will affect EMS 911 dispatch services in Calgary, Leth...

‘It’s a big deal for kids’: Ontario’s back-to-school plan draws fears, praise

TORONTO — It's getting harder and harder for Rachel Huot to keep the tone positive when she talks to her children about going back to school. The Toronto-based mother of three — including two school-aged children — said she's always tried