Category Archives: Labour

At this week’s Summit of the Americas, Canada has stake in U.S. border challenges

WASHINGTON — If foreign policy was purely a matter of geography, one might assume Canada would be free to go check out the buffet at this week's Summit of the Americas once the discussion turns, as it surely will, to

Trudeau to visit Norad, attend Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles next week

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend next week's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles as President Joe Biden summons leaders to talk about what's ailing the Western Hemisphere.  On his way to California, Trudeau and Defence Minister ...

Ontario law allowing employees to disconnect from technology after hours kicks in

TORONTO — Ontario's right to disconnect policy comes into effect today. Here's what you need to know: What happened? Late last year, the province enacted Bill 27: Working for Workers Act, 2021, that requires employers with 25 or more people on staff

Manitoba proposes path to increase minimum wage above inflation

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is proposing legislation that would allow for a higher minimum wage to help people cope with inflation, but said it will consult with business and labour groups before deciding on an exact figure. "We are living

Ottawa announces $247 million to create 25,000 apprenticeship positions across Canada

HALIFAX — The federal government is announcing nearly $247 million to help create more than 25,000 apprenticeship positions in the skilled trades across Canada. Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says the money will fund 13 programs to help small- an...

Shut down the temporary foreign worker program – labour academics, advocates say

By Chen Zhou The Canadian government once again expanded the controversial Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) citing “labour shortages” last month, making it easier to hire migrant workers even in areas facing higher unemployment. But labour advocates and academics insist

Manitoba’s minimum wage must stay competitive: Premier Stefanson

REGINA — Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson is hinting at an increase in the minimum wage. At a meeting of western premiers in Regina, Stefanson says Manitoba has fallen behind other provinces and is going to take steps to address that. Stefanson did

Canada’s transport minister detects ‘shift’ in U.S. outlook after meetings in D.C.

WASHINGTON — The latest federal cabinet minister to press Canada's case with President Joe Biden's administration says he is detecting a positive "shift" in U.S. thinking when it comes to the question of tax incentives for electric vehicles.  Transport...

Manitoba government says proposed changes will make liquor sales more convenient

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is hinting it may allow more alcohol sales through private channels to boost customer convenience. Scott Fielding, minister responsible for the provincial liquor and lottery corporation, said he plans to introduce a b...

Manitoba civil service union fought wage freeze, wins retroactive pay hikes

WINNIPEG — Some 11,000 Manitoba civil servants have won retroactive pay raises after fighting government demands for a wage freeze. An arbitration board has awarded annual pay hikes of between 0.5 per cent and two per cent going back to 2019,