Category Archives: Labour

Liberals vow wage-subsidy extension to 2021, revamp of EI system in throne speech

OTTAWA — The Liberals are reversing course on a decision to wind down a federal wage subsidy, vowing in their throne speech to extend the program for businesses harmed by COVID-19 into next year. Over the summer the government decided to

Rekindle efforts with Canada, allies on Pacific Rim plan, congressman urges U.S.

WASHINGTON, Wash. — It's long past time for the United States to work with Canada and other allies on a new strategy for the Pacific Rim, and the path to the new NAFTA would make an excellent road map, says

With throne speech pledge, Liberals signal new approach on child care

OTTAWA — It was in a recent meeting with child-care experts that Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland made some heads turn. For years, advocates of broader federal involvement in a provincially regulated sector have been used to hearing questions about f...

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

OTTAWA — The minority Liberal government unveiled sweeping goals Wednesday to expand or extend supports for Canadians from nearly every sector of society in a throne speech billed as their “ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality.” But the plan h...

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

VANCOUVER — Migrant workers and advocates called for a "just recovery" from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday. The pandemic has shown how heavily Canada relies on migrant and undocumented workers to perform essential jobs, s...

B.C. teachers appeal to labour board over COVID-19 classroom concerns

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Teachers' Federation is asking the Labour Relations Board to address its concerns about health and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents filed with the board say the federation has heard from many of i...

Design of post-CERB benefits could change as pandemic shifts course, minister says

OTTAWA — The federal minister overseeing key aid programs for workers during the pandemic says there could still be changes to a proposed package of income-support benefits as the country faces renewed pressure from COVID-19. As it stands, the package ...

Public service could review Rideau Hall allegations if complaint filed, documents say

OTTAWA — Internal government documents show that public servants could have investigated allegations of a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall had an employee at the Governor General's office filed a complaint under the federal labour code. The Govern...

International students call for COVID-19 immigration changes in Toronto

TORONTO — Current and former international students called for changes to Canada's immigration rules on Saturday as they face a job market still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Deputy Prime ...

More than 100 election-related CUPE signs stolen across New Brunswick: union

FREDERICTON — The Canadian Union of Public Employees says more than 100 of its election-related signs were stolen over the last four days in communities across New Brunswick. The labour union says it put up nearly 250 signs as a third-party