Category Archives: Labour

Public service employees in British Columbia must get vaccinated against COVID-19

VICTORIA — Social workers, sheriffs and administrative assistants are among an estimated 30,000 government employees in British Columbia who will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their job. The BC Public Service Agency said T...

Federal government could push provinces on vaccine mandate for workers, document says

OTTAWA — Senior federal officials were told in the spring that the government could make it mandatory for all workers countrywide to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Trudeau Liberals have promised to bring in mandatory vaccination requirements for fed...

Senators call for governments to craft a grand post-pandemic plan to grow economy

OTTAWA — A group of senators is calling on the federal government to strike a grand economic plan with provinces, territories, businesses and civil society to drive growth coming out of the pandemic. The report includes calls to rethink how to

B.C. announces $29 million in funding for women, minorities in the technology sector

VANCOUVER — The B.C. government is teaming up with community partners, spending millions to get more women and minorities into the technology sector.  The government, Crown agency Innovate B.C., the Information and Communications Technology Council and...

Ten ex-MPs who served under two years to get $93,000 severance cheques: federation

OTTAWA — MPs who lost their seats or stood down before the recent federal election could get $3.3 million in farewell payments, an analysis by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has found.  MPs defeated at the polls and those who decided not

N.B. nursing home unions seek $4-an-hour wage hike to address labour shortages

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions is calling on the provincial government to increase wages for workers in long-term care homes in an effort to address a "crippling" staffing shortage that they say is leaving seniors

Businesses, schools and cities observing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

As the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches, Alana Hogstead has decided as a small-business owner to close up her shop in honour of the day. Hogstead co-owns Martha's Music in Camrose, Alta., with her husband. The store will

There are new rules about employment insurance. Here’s what you need to know.

OTTAWA — The employment insurance system is set for another round of pandemic-related changes that come into force on Sunday. Here are a few of the key changes that will apply to new claims for benefits made beginning Sept. 26. Eligibility EI

Nurses want national hiring and retention strategy amid staffing ‘crisis’

Logan Giesbrecht left his dream job as an emergency room nurse when the mental health strain of an understaffed department became unbearable, even before the pandemic's fourth wave hit and anti-vaccination protesters began gathering outside hospitals. ...

Quebec offers bonuses up to $18,000 to keep nurses in struggling health system

QUEBEC — The Quebec government is budgeting $1 billion to offer full-time nurses bonuses of up to $18,000 as it tries to prevent more of them from leaving the public health-care system and to entice those who have left to